Dane Ingham elevated to First Team squadPosted: July 6, 2017
Following a breakout season which saw him go from playing youth league football to the World stage at he Confederations cup, Brisbane Roar have elevated young full-back Dane Ingham to their first team for the upcoming season.
Ingham 19, has reportedly signed a three year deal and will now look to continue his development at full-back having only made the shift a year ago from a wing role.
It was almost a year ago that Dane’s meteoric rise began where after starting the 2016 NPL Queensland season on the right wing he moved back into the defensive role in the final rounds of that competition.
A solid season at right back in the National Youth League followed before a first team debut beckon in the ACL qualifier at home against Global FC.
That game proved to be the first of seven first team appearances last term, with the defenders attacking nature paying off with his first goal against Perth Glory coming in just his third appearance.
Those games for the first team and interest from Australia were enough for New Zealand manager Anthony Hudson to pounce and include Dane and his older brother Jai in the All-Whites squad for their March qualifiers against Fiji.
After making his debut in the second of those qualifiers Dane has spent the last six weeks on national team duty for New Zealand, firstly at the u-20 World Cup in South Korea where the Kiwis made it to the last 16 before losing to the United States.
A trip to the Confederations Cup quickly followed with Ingham playing the second and third group games against Mexico and Portugal where he put in solid performances against some of the best wingers in world football.
The challenge for Dane now will be to build on the experiences of the past six months and continue to develop his game and hopefully to put pressure on Jack Hingert for the first team spot.
It’s also a big year on the international front for Ingham, with September qualifiers against Solomon Islands coming up before a likely inter-confederation play-off against the 5th seeded team from South American qualifying.
The addition of Ingham should round out the defensive ranks for Brisbane as joins Jack Hingert, Corey Brown and Connor O’Toole as full-back options for the upcoming season in addition to central defenders Jade North, Luke Devere, Avram Papadopoulos and Daniel Bowles.
The elevation of Ingham to a senior deal takes Brisbane’s squad to 19 players with three visa players and one marquee spot available. At training today Aloisi strongly hinted that there would be atleast two more additions in the attacking third, one of which would be a marquee player.
Brisbane Roar squad as at 04/07/2017
Goalkeepers– Michael Theo, Jamie Young.
Defenders- Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Luke Devere, Jack Hingert, Dane Ingham, Jade North, Connor O’Toole, Avram Papadopoulos.
Midfielders– Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Shannon Brady, Joe Caletti, Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen, Matt McKay, Jacob Pepper.
Forwards- Nicholas D’Agostino, Corey Gameiro.