Rowles departs as Tiatto returns

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Young defender Kye Rowles time with Brisbane Roar has come to an end today, as he and the Roar agree to part ways.

Rowles, 19, will instead join up with Central Coast Mariners for the upcoming campaign on a one year contract where he will challenge for a spot on the left side of the defence.

After spending a full season in the National Youth League, Kye made his Brisbane Roar debut at left full-back in the round 21 clash against Wellington at home, where he was a second half replacement for Joe Caletti and his performance on the left hand side of defence impressed John Aloisi enough to give him a start three days later away to Ulsan on Matchday 3 of the Champions League.

The return to fitness of Corey Brown on the left and the presence of other players in his natural central defensive position saw opportunities limited however with his only other A-League appearance for the Roar coming as a late sub in Round 27 also against Wellington.

Rowles fourth and final game for Brisbane was in the Champions League away to Muanthong United on Matchday 5 where he once again started at left back before shifting to a central role midway through the second half.

While the Roar squad is currently thin on numbers the one position where there was a full quota was in defence where even with the departure of Rowles there remains seven players contracted.

While Daniel Bowles is on the long term injury list and is unlikely to feature much in the first half of the season at least, there just wasn’t likely to be a great deal of playing time for Kye this season making this decision a good one for all parties.

With Rowles departure Brisbane are back down to 15 contracted players for the 2017-18 season with one marquee spot and three visa spaces open to improve the squad.

A-League rules mandate that a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 23 players are signed so there figures to be a few moves between now and the season kick-off. Out of contract duo Joe Caletti and Jacob Pepper may take the tally to 17 players if they have re-signed as speculated.

Brisbane Roar squad as at 26/06/2016
Goalkeepers– Michael Theo, Jamie Young.
Defenders- Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Luke Devere, Jack Hingert, Jade North, Connor O’Toole, Avram Papadopoulos.
Midfielders- Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Shannon Brady, Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen, Matt McKay.
Forwards- Nicholas D’Agostino.
TBC- Joe Caletti, Jacob Pepper.

Meanwhile as Rowles heads for the exit door a familiar face is returning to the club, with Danny Tiatto set to take up an off field role in John Aloisi’ backroom team.

Tiatto, who made 49 appearances for Brisbane from 2007 through 2010 will take up the Team Manager’s role previously filled by Scott Higgins who is reportedly returning to Canberra to take up a political career.

It’s a long held belief of Aloisi for the football department to be filled with former players as it was in his playing days at Ossasuna and this is the latest example of that coming into affect.

Previously the likes of Scott Higgins, Warren Moon, Josh McCloughan, Craig Moore and Chris Grossman have been given various roles within the Football Department in the last year, so the return of Tiatto is just the latest move.

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