Dane Ingham selected in New Zealand u-20 side

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(MARTY MELVILLE- Stuff.co.nz)

Brisbane full-back Dane Ingham has been selected by New Zealand u-20’s coach Darren Bazeley in a 30 man training camp squad in Auckland next week.

The 30 man squad is the beginning of the preparation for the 2017 u-20 World Cup which begins at the end of the month in South Korea.

New Zealand find themselves in a group with perennial contenders France, in addition to Honduras and Vietnam and will fancy their chances of progressing to the knockout rounds with the four best third placed sides progressing.

It’s been a meteoric rise for Brisbane’s young right-back, who only started playing the position 10 months ago and was thrown into the Asian Champions League qualifier against Global FC back in January.

Since then Ingham has gone on to make 7 appearances for Brisbane throughout a busy 2016-17 season, showing his versatility by playing at both right and left back.

Those performances were enough to convince All Whites coach Anthony Hudson to include him in their recent World Cup Qualifiers Fiji, making his debut as a right wing back in a 2-0 win at home.

It could be a busy off-season for Dane on the international stage with the possibility of going to the Confederations Cup in June.

Ingham is joined in the 30 man squad by former Young Roar teammate Daniel McHenery, who had a brief stint with the Roar before returning to Western Pride for the 2017 season.

The squad will be cut down to 21 next week ahead of the New Zealand’s first game against Vietnam on May 22nd, before moving on to play Honduras on May 25th before rounding out the group stage against France on May 28th.


Broich to depart at seasons end

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There was a massive bombshell just days before Brisbane’s seventh successive A-League Finals series gets underway, with long serving German maestro Thomas Broich announcing his departure from the Roar at the conclusion of this season.

The news, which was initially broke by Marco Monteverde on Tuesday evening, came as a massive shock to everyone both in terms of the timing and the actual announcement.

Earlier in the season we’d seen reports that the now 36 year old was beginning to wind his playing career down, with the intention of going on a post playing career break before launching into a coaching career.

Those plans were recently shelved however, with Broich outlining his intentions to play on for another season in recent weeks, and earlier this week we learned that would not be here in Brisbane.

In the announcement, Broich outlined that he was left in an uncertain position by the Roar in recent discussions and opted to make the decision now in order to focus on the upcoming finals series.

All up since his arrival here in Brisbane back in May 2010, Thomas has made 200 appearances for the club – a fact which escaped all of us- in all competitions, after making his debut in round 1 of the 2010-11 season away to former M1 Derby rival Gold Coast United.

There will be plenty of time to reminisce over the past seven years over the off-season, for now it’s time to focus on the upcoming finals series.


Pre-Season roster update

With pre-season now underway it seems like a good time to take stock of how the Roar squad shapes up ahead of the new season. Currently the Roar have 19 contracted first team players, plus youngster Joe Caletti on a full-time youth contract. That leaves at least one new signing to reach the minimum of 20, and up to four spots open in the maximum squad of 23, plus two further full-time youth places up for grabs. There are also three visa spots in the squad open, while both marquee contracts are accounted for with Thomas Broich and Matt McKay retaining their marquee status.

Brisbane Roar roster as at 14/7/2016
Goalkeepers– Jamie Young, Michael Theo.
Defenders- Corey Brown, Jerome Polenz, Jade North, Daniel Bowles, Jack Hingert, Luke DeVere, Kye Rowles, Conor O’Toole.
Midfielders- Corona, Matt McKay, Dimitri Petratos, Joe Caletti, Jacob Pepper.
Forwards- Jamie Maclaren, Shannon Brady, Thomas Broich, Tommy Oar, Brandon Borrello.

Starting in goal where things appear to be set with long-time #1 Michael Theo likely to back up Jamie Young who claimed the spot in goal at the end of last season. Left back is another position which seems to be sorted with Corey Brown the likely starter and youngster Connor O’Toole serving as his understudy.

Right back also appears to be sorted with Jack Hingert and Jerome Polenz in the role, however with the reports that Polenz could be about to depart the Roar there could potentially be a vacancy to fill. While that could be filled externally, there’s also a chance that Aloisi could use youngster Mark Rodic in that role who was recently named in the seven youngsters to be added to the pre-season training squad.

In the centre of defence, the roster appears to be full with new signing Kye Rowles joining the returning Jade North, Daniel Bowles and Luke DeVere. Despite that however there are fitness issues surrounding Luke DeVere which could lead to extra depth being acquired.

Moving into the middle third and Aloisi has a wealth of options at his disposal, with the likes of Corona, Dimitri Petratos, Matt McKay, new signing Jacob Pepper and full-time youth player Joe Caletti. Aloisi however is seeking further additions in the area with the search for another attack minded option, most likely a visa player, to round out his midfield mix.

In the final third Aloisi is also spoilt for choices with a number of options for the wide attacking roles. Two from the trio of Thomas Broich, Tommy Oar and Brandon Borrello will likely be the starters, while youngster Shannon Brady will provide solid depth. There could also be an opportunity for Joseph Champness or Jayden Prasad to force there way into the mix after they were invited to participate in the pre-season with the first team.

Upfront Brisbane will likely be relying on their Golden Boot winner from last season Jamie Maclaren, however the rumours of European interest in the fringe Socceroo have returned in recent days. That European interest plus the lack of central striking depth could both be reasons why Aloisi is reportedly shopping around overseas for further attacking strike power. Youngster Nicholas D’Agostino, who made his debut last season against Perth has been rewarded for strong form in the NPL with a spot in the extended pre-season squad.

There will likely be a bit of movement in the squad before the season starts in October with three visa spots to fill and potentially a fourth should Polenz move on, but with 19 contracted players plus FT youth player Joe Caletti and a host of other youth in the frame the squad looks to be in reasonable shape provided they add the midfielder and attacker Aloisi is looking for.

 


Henrique departs Brisbane

Another long serving Brisbane player was officially confirmed as leaving the club today with the long awaited conformation that Henrique has decided not to extend his contract with the Roar. Instead, after eight years in both Brisbane and the A-League, Henrique has decided for a new challenge in Malaysia with Negeri Sembilan.

“I just want to thank all the people at the club. The coaches, the players, staff and the fans for everything. We have done it together. It was a pleasure being part of the Brisbane Roar family. It’s one chapter on my life finishing and I will start another one. But one thing is for sure, I will never forget the memories we have created. I wish the Brisbane Roar all the very best and see you soon.” Henrique.

After arriving late in the 2008-09 season, Henrique made his debut off the bench for Brisbane in the second leg of the Minor Semi-Final series with Central Coast Mariners. With the Roar up 4-1 on aggregate, Henrique made a late and lively cameo off the bench and followed that up with a simular performance the next week in the Preliminary Final loss to Adelaide.

That resulted in then manager Frank Farina giving Henrique a deal for the following season, before strong early form in that season saw the Brazilian rewarded with a fresh three year contract extension through the 2011-12 season.

The 2009-10 season was a disappointing one for the Roar in general, however one of the few memorable moments of that campaign came from Henrique late in a loss to Melbourne Victory. With the visitors ahead 1-0, Melbourne launched a counter attack only for Henrique to intercept a long ball -which would have sent Archie Thompson through for a 1v1- with his best goalkeeper impersonation.

The next season, under new boss Ange Postecoglou was a far more memorable season, although for Henrique it was one which saw him sidelined for a large part. After a strong challenge from Victory captain Kevin Muscat, Henrique broke his arm in the Roars 3-0 loss –their solitary defeat of the season-, an injury which would keep him out until the penultimate game of the season against North Queensland.

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His return from injury however came at just the right time for Brisbane, and after scoring in the final two games of the regular season Henrique became the hero for the first time this season, with his last gasp goal in the second leg of the major Semi-Final against Central Coast securing the Roars first Grand Final berth while simultaneously preserving a then 26 game unbeaten run.

That Grand Final, once again against Central Coast, was seemingly gone for the Roar before Henrique scored a goal just minutes before the end of extra time to keep Brisbane’s championship hopes alive. After Erik Paartalu’s last second equaliser from a corner, it was time for the penalty shootout, and with the Mariners having missed a pair of spot kicks it was left for Henrique to take the decisive penalty. He scored, low to the keepers right to secure the win.

The next year, after seven goals in 20 games and another stretch where he was cut down with injury, Brisbane were back in the Grand Final but Henrique was substituted midway through the second half as the Roar went on to secure back to back Championships.

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After another injury riddled season in 2012-13, Henrique returned to fitness in the 13-14 season, playing a key role off the bench in Brisbane’s double winning campaign. The biggest contribution came on the final day of the season as he scored the winner in the Grand Final against Western Sydney.

After outjumping Iacopo La Rocca of the Wanderers for a header which landed at the feet of James Donachie, Henrique was left free on the penalty spot, and after controlling the ball he rifled his shot into the roof of the net to secure the Roar’s third Championship.

The 2014-15 season was a good one for Henrique, who went on a regular run in both the side, with seven goals in nine games before a knee injury cut short his season. After undergoing a lengthy rehabilitation period, Henrique returned this year in the round six clash against Perth scoring just minutes into his return to action, with the emotional reaction becoming one of the moments of the season.

This season was another typical Henrique season with 8 goals in 24 appearances, including typical energetic and game changing performances off the bench. In his 142nd and final game for Brisbane, Henrique came off the bench to set up a late equaliser against Western Sydney to send the Semi-Final to extra time.

All up Henrique departs Brisbane after 142 appearances over eight and a bit seasons, and is one of just ten players to have played 100 games for the Roar. His 39 goals over that span leaves him second all time on the goal scoring charts, and his five goals in the A-League Finals is the most of any Brisbane player. Best of luck in the future.

Henrique de Andrade Silva
Player Number: 56
Debut: Minor Semi-Final Leg 2, 2009/10
Games: 91 (51)
Goals: 39
Honours: 3x Championship winner (2010/11, 2011/12 & 2013/14), 2x Premiership winner (2010/11 & 2013/14).


Shane Stefanutto announces retirement

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Another Brisbane player has announced his departure from the Roar, with long serving left back Shane Stefanutto calling time on a long and distinguished career.

Stefanutto, 36, calls time on his career after spending time with Brisbane Strikers, Lillestrom, Lyn Oslo, North Queensland Fury and Brisbane Roar. In a statement on a Roar website this morning, Stefanutto spoke about his journey at the club.

“When it’s all done, you realise how privileged you were to be in a position like this. I think back to all the wonderful times we have had, the premierships, the trophies . . . all the friends and the battles we had on the field, they are all special things. It is something I will definitely miss now but have enjoyed across the whole journey. The club has a culture – something that’s really special.

It’s 23 people who get an opportunity to fulfil that role. They should see that as a real privilege. “Now that I am not going to be part of that, I realise what a wonderful opportunity I had. It’s sad that I am not going to be playing any more but I am excited for those players who will be Brisbane Roar next season and years beyond. I wish them, the club, its members, fans and sponsors all the best for the future.”
Shane Stefanutto

After growing up in North Queensland, Stefanutto travelled down to Brisbane as a junior to link up with the Brisbane Strikers, where he made 124 appearances for the NSL club before departing for Europe after the demise of the old league.

That European career took Stefanutto to Norway where over five seasons he played for Lillestrom and Lyn Oslo, winning the 2007 Norwegian Cup with Lillestrom. During that time in Europe, Stefanutto became a fringe member of the national side, going on to make three appearances for the Socceroos, the last of which came in June 2009 against Japan.

After returning home in 2009 to join the newly formed North Queensland Fury, Stefanutto suffered a serious knee injury against Perth Glory, ending both his season and his chances of representing Australia at the World Cup.

That was also the last time Stefanutto would represent the Fury, after he agreed to a move back to Brisbane, joining Ange Postecoglou’s new looked Brisbane Roar for the 2010-11 season.

Over his time here in Brisbane, Stefanutto formed a wonderful combination down the left hand side with Thomas Broich and Matt McKay, leading to countless chances and goals.

Injures and the emergence of Corey Brown have seen opportunities dry up over the past couple of seasons, but he’s still been dependable as ever this season with 17 appearances from 30 games.

All up Shane retires after 138 appearances for Brisbane Roar over six seasons, which puts him sixth in terms of the all time appearances list. Only Matt McKay, Thomas Broich, Massimo Murdocca, Henrique and Michael Theo have represented the Roar more times.

Stefanutto also joins a group of just 10 players to have played 100 times for the club, with the aforementioned six being joined by Mitch Nichols, Ivan Franjic, Matt Smith and Luke Brattan.

Shane’s time with Brisbane has also coincided with the greatest period in the clubs history to date, with six successive finals appearances, three Asian Champions League campaigns, three Championships, two Premierships and breaking the Australian sporting record for games without a defeat.

There have been a few constants throughout that run, one of them has been having a reliable left back bombing forward to create overlaps and space for our creative players. An unsung hero of the side but an important one, Thanks for the memories Shane.

Shane Stefanutto
Player number- 67
Debut- Round 1, 2010/11 (Gold Coast United- A)
Games- 135 (3)
Goals- 1
Honours- 3x Championship (2010/11, 2011/12 & 2013/14),  2x Premiership (2010/11 & 2013/14)


Solórzano announces departure from Brisbane Roar

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Jean Carlos Solórzano has today announced his departure from Brisbane Roar for a second time. The statement, which he posted on social media this afternoon, thanks the staff, players and supporters for his time at the club. Here’s the statement in full.

“I would like to thank the Brisbane Roar supporters, staff and team mates for the time at the club.
Sad because this is not the way I would have liked to have left the club, but at the same time really grateful to have been apart of the history and success of Brisbane Roar.
Brisbane has had such an impact on my life, not only on the pitch but my personal life as it has become the place that I can call home.
Once again thank you”
Jean Carlos Solórzano.

It’s worth noting that Brisbane are yet to confirm the departure of Solórzano, however given his injury plagued second spell here in Brisbane, and his dropping down the pecking order under John Aloisi and his contract expiring next month it makes sense.

Jean Carlos initially arrived in Brisbane in spring 2010 as a key part of Ange Postecoglou’s rebuild of the Roar on a one year loan from Costa Rican club LD Alajuelense. Injury prevented him from making an appearance until round four, however he quickly settled in and went on to score 11 goals in 25 games for Brisbane on the way to the clubs first silverware.

After Brisbane failed to come to terms with Alajuelense for a permanent move, Solórzano moved on loan to Melbourne Victory, before spells back in his homeland with Alajuelense and then Puntarenas.

Then, three years after departing Brisbane, Solórzano turned up at training in January 2014, with new Brisbane manager Mike Mulvey giving him a trial period, and after impressing he signed a deal through the end of the season.

While he was lacking fitness, Solórzano became a valuable member of the matchday squad off the substitutes bench, making five appearances – one start- on the way to the clubs second double winning season.

Those appearances were enough to convince Mulvey to give Solórzano a fresh two year contract extension in the off-season, as the Roar went about retooling their front third following the departure of Besart Berisha.

While the 2010-11 season was a tumultuous one for Brisbane as a whole, it was a good one for Solórzano, who netted seven goals in 26 appearances for the Roar side who struggled in the league to a seventh placed finish.

This season however has seen opportunities dry up under new boss John Aloisi, with Solórzano limited to just the seven appearances this season –two starts-, the last of which came back in round 13 against Perth Glory.

All up Solórzano leaves Brisbane with 62 appearances to his name – 24th in Roar history- and 18 goals – 9th most in Roar history-, having played a key part in delivering four of the clubs five A-League trophies to date. Best of luck in the future Jean Carlos, your contributions here will be remembered.

Jean Carlos Solórzano
Player number- 72
Debut- Round 4, 2010/11 (Newcastle Jets- A)
Games- 34 (28)
Goals- 18


Clut signs two year deal with Newcastle

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With Brisbane’s season now over the player departures have begun, with young midfielder Devante Clut given an early release from the final month of his contract as he pursues a two year contract with Newcastle Jets.

Clut, now 20, made 21 appearances for Brisbane -4 goals- all up since making his debut in round 16 of the 2013-14 season in a home game against Wellington Phoenix. By scoring on his debut, Clut became just the 8th player to achieve that feat.

After making his debut against Wellington under Mike Mulvey, Clut was not seen again in the first team for another twelve months after a stellar National Youth League campaign saw him catch the eye of new boss Frans Thijssen.

At the end of that season, Clut emerged as a starting XI player in both the Asian Champions League campaign and the clubs A-League finals run, most notably scoring two long range goals in a 3-3 draw with Suwon.

After starring once again in a post-season friendly with Villarreal, where Clut scored another brace, he found himself on the outer this season under new boss John Aloisi.

This season has seen Clut slip down the pecking order in a strong midfield group, with just the 9 substitute appearances in all competitions this season, as he failed to convince Aloisi of his ability to fit into his midfield.

That lack of football has seen Clut opt for a move back to NSW where he links up with a Newcastle side that struggled at times for creativity and goals this season, so there’s likely to be an opportunity for Devante to establish himself as a starting regular in the Hunter. Best of luck to Devante in the future.

Facts and Figures
Player number- 101
Debut- Round 19, 2013-14
Games- 8 (13)
Goals- 4
Honours- 2013/14 Premiership, 2013/14 Championship.