Official- Borrello joins 1.FC Kaiserslautern

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Another of Brisbane’s attacking band from last season has moved on, with Brandon Borrello following in the footsteps of Jamie Maclaren by making the move to 2.0 Bundesliga club 1.FC Kaiserslautern.

Borrello, 21, has been an ever-present for Brisbane Roar on the right hand side of the attack in the John Aloisi era having made 57 appearances over the past two seasons.

Brandon’s involvement in the first team however dates back to the 2013-14 season, when a then 18 year old Borrello made his A-League debut under Mike Mulvey in Round 4 against Melbourne Heart –who ironically were coached at the time by now Roar coach John Aloisi-.

Borrello is another player who emerged from the Young Roar set-up to go onto bigger and better things, following in the footsteps of Kwame Yeboah, Adam Sarota and Luke Brattan amongst others in working his way through from the youth team into the first team before earning a deal in Europe.

Borrello scored nine goals from 34 appearances in all competitions last time around, with five of those goals coming in the AFC Champions League.

Speaking to the clubs official website, Borrello outlined that he’s looking forward to settling in to his new surroundings as soon as possible.

“I am very happy to be part of such a big club as the FCK in the future. I already know that the club has a lot of tradition and very passionate fans. I look forward to getting to know the club, the people and the country. I would like to integrate as quickly as possible and will give everything on the pitch to make the fans proud. “

Kaiserslautern is of course a famous city in Australian Football with the Fritz Walter Stadion playing host to the Socceroos first ever win in the FIFA World Cup, with Brisbane coach John Aloisi on the scoresheet in the 3-1 win over Japan.

Kaiserslautern had a disappointing season this time around with the club narrowly avoiding relegation to the 3rd tier of German Football, eventually finishing in 13th place and just five points above the relegation zone.

Brandon departs Brisbane after scoring 20 goals from 90 appearances for the club, which places Borrello 16th on the all-time appearances leaderboard and ninth all time on goals scored. In the Champions League however, Borrello’s 7 goals sees him well clear at the top, with Brett Holman and Tommy Oar the closest currently active players on one goal apiece.

The departure of Borrello, which while was expected by most does leave a hole in the Brisbane attacking ranks, which new signing Fahid Ben Khalfallah will hope to in part fill. There are now 17 players signed up for next season, with three visa space still open for John Aloisi to strengthen his squad.

As we said yesterday, while there has been no official announcement surrounding the futures of Joe Caletti, Jacob Pepper and Avram Papadopoulos, it’s expected the trio will re-sign.

Brisbane Roar squad as at 27/05/2017
Goalkeepers– Michael Theo, Jamie Young.
Defenders- Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Luke Devere, Jack Hingert, Jade North, Connor O’Toole, Kye Rowles.
Midfielders- Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Shannon Brady, Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen, Tommy Oar, Matt McKay.
Forwards- Brandon Borrello, Nicholas D’Agostino.

Out of contract- Joe Caletti, Avram Papadopoulos, Jacob Pepper

 


Borrello, Caletti named in Australian u-23 squad

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Brisbane Roar duo Joe Caletti and Brandon Borrello have been rewarded for their performances in the A-League this season by being included in Josep Gombau’s plans for the upcoming AFC u-23 Championship qualifiers in July.

Borrello, 21, has found himself in the Australian u-23 set-up in the past for training camps ahead of the 2016 Olympic qualifiers and finds himself back in the mix after another strong season in the A-League.

With nine goals from 32 appearances in all competitions so far this season, Borrello is Brisbane’s second top goalscorer and will be one of the key attacking contributors in this squad throughout the qualifiers.

While Borrello started the season in the first team, it’s been a meteoric rise for Caletti, who began the season as part of the Young Roar side which came close to making the NYL Grand Final, before making his debut for the first team in the ACL qualifier against Global FC.

All up the young midfielder made 15 appearances for the Roar at the back end of the season becoming a key rotational player in the heart of midfield, particularly when captain Matt McKay went down with a knee injury.

The upcoming qualifiers mark the first step on the road to the 2018 AFC u-23 Championships in China, with the top placed side in each group, in addition to the best 5 second placed sides joining the hosts in the final tournament in January next year.

Australia will travel to Myanmar in Group F to take on the hosts, Singapore and Brunei for a spot in the final tournament.

Josep Gombau’s side will begin their qualifiers with a game against Brunei on July 19, before playing Singapore on July 21st before rounding out the competition with a game against host nation Myanmar on July 23.

The majority of the squad plays domestically in the A-League, however it has been bolstered by three European based players with Bournemouth keeper Jordan Holmes, Tottenham keeper Thomas Glover and PSV Eindhoven defender Thomas Deng also included.

Borrello and Caletti join Dane Ingham in participating in youth international tournaments over the coming weeks, with Dane Ingham named in the New Zealand preliminary squad for the u-20 World Cup and is expected to make the final cut.

Australian u-23 training camp squad
Goalkeepers- Thomas Glover (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Holmes (AFC Bournemouth), Paul Izzo (Adelaide United), Daniel Margush (Adelaide United).

Defenders- Jonathan Aspropotamitis (Western Sydney Wanderers), Nick Cowburn (Newcastle Jets), Thomas Deng (PSV Eindhoven), Scott Galloway (Central Coast Mariners), Ben Garuccio (Adelaide United), Lachlan Jackson (Newcastle Jets), Liam Rose (Central Coast Mariners), Ruon Tongyik (Melbourne City).

Midfielders- Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City), Adam Berry (Central Coast Mariners), Joe Caletti (Brisbane Roar), Devante Clut (Newcastle Jets), Riley McGree (Adelaide United), Jordan O’Doherty (Adelaide United), Brandon Wilson (Perth Glory).

Forwards– George Blackwood (Sydney FC), Brandon Borrello (Brisbane Roar), Trent Buhagiar (Central Coast Mariners), Lachlan Scott (Western Sydney Wanderers), Jaushua Sotirio (Western Sydney Wanderers).


Brisbane net first home win of 2016-17

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Brisbane Roar (2)
 Maclaren 31′, Borrello 75′
Perth Glory (1) Marinkovic 54′
13,248 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

Fresh of a win in Gosford against Central Coast last weekend, Brisbane have picked up their first win at home for the season thanks to a 2-1 defeat of Perth Glory.  Goals from Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello were enough to cancel out Nebosa Marinkovic’ strike and hand Perth their first defeat of the season.

The win sees Brisbane go into fourth –although they could finish the round in 5th if Melbourne Victory beat Wellington Phoenix at home on Monday night-, while Perth Glory drop down to third behind unbeaten Sydney FC and Melbourne City.

Goals
31’ (1-0) Corey Brown whipped in an inch perfect cross from the left hand side on the half our mark, which Jamie Maclaren ran on to and finished first time into the bottom corner of the net to open his account for the season.

54’ (1-1) In the midst of their best period of the game, with combination play between Diego Castro and Rhys Williams helping to tee up Nebosa Marinkovic who blasted his shot home from the edge of the box to level the scores.

75’ (2-1) The winner came 15 minutes from time when Brandon Borrello –whose energy off the bench added a spark for the home side- got on the end of a quick throw in, bursting into the penalty area before beating Reddy at his far post to put the home side back in front.

Brisbane started the game a side growing in confidence on the back of their win against the Mariners, controlling the early proceedings and having all of the chances in the opening stages. The front four of Holman, Oar, Broich and Maclaren were all looking dangerous and causing almost continuous problems for the visitors.

Despite that early pressure it wasn’t until the half hour mark that Brisbane opened the scoring, at a time which Perth were just starting to get themselves slightly into the game.

For all of Brisbane’s first half dominance however, they were clinical enough and they were made to pay for that early in the second half when they came out of the half-time break sluggishly resulting in an equaliser for the Glory in what was their best period of the game.

That spell from the visitors however was fleeting and following the introduction of Brandon Borrello for Brett Holman the home side quickly reasserted themselves on proceedings resulting in the winning goal.

The combination of Tommy Oar shifting to the left hand side and Broich taking up a more central role brought both into the game more and is a combination worth considering moving forward, while Borrello responded positively to being benched last weekend with an energetic showing.

At the back it was probably the most assured performance of the season, although with Brisbane on the front foot for large parts of the game they weren’t tested as much as they might have expected to have been.

The calmness of Luke DeVere and the energy of both full backs getting forward was a positive however and indicates that last seasons defensive frailties could be consigned to the past. Friday’s upcoming encounter with Melbourne City however will test that newfound solidity at the back.

Line-Ups
Brisbane Roar XI- Theo, Hingert, North, DeVere, Brown, Kristensen, McKay, Holman, Oar, Broich, Maclaren.
Substitutions- Borrello for Holman (67’), Katebian for Maclaren (90’)
Unused Substitutes- Young, Bowles, Pepper.
Yellow Cards- North, Kristensen.
Red Cards- Nil.

Perth Glory XI- Reddy, Risdon, Grant, Djulbic, Warren, Williams, Griffiths, Marinkovic, Harold, Castro, Keogh.
Substitutions- Wilson for Griffiths (25’), Smiljanic for Williams (73’), Chianese for Harold (80’).
Unused Substitutes- Feely, Mills.
Yellow Cards- Williams, Wilson.
Red Cards- Nil.

Stats (via Fox Sports)
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Up next
Brisbane are back at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night for the visit of Melbourne City, who will be bringing a host of high profile players with them, including Tim Cahill who was rested from their win over Friday on Adelaide. Kick-off on Friday is from 6.50pm.


2016-17 Season Preview- Right Wing

With the new season set to get underway in just 9 days time, our annual season preview series is here and over the next two weeks we’ll take an in depth look at the 2016-17 tea. Previously we’ve covered the Goalkeepers, the right backs, the left backs, central defenders, central midfielders and the Attacking Midfielders, today we’ll look at the right wingers.

Last season youngster Brandon Borrello cemented his spot as the first choice on the right wing with some high energy performances, acting as a solid foil for striker Jamie Maclaren. This year however his competition has changed with fan favourite Henrique moving on, he’s now got the displaced Dimitri Petratos fighting for his old spot back in addition to a couple of youngsters who are in a  similar position to which he found himself in just two years ago.

Brandon Borrello
Last season in his first full season as a starter, Borrello netted a respectable five goals in as a secondary attacking option for John Aloisi’ side, although four of those did come in the opening month of the season.

As is expected with younger players making there way there was a dip in form midseason which resulted in a few weeks out of the starting side before he fought his way back into the side towards the end of the season.

The development of Brandon over the past 18 months or so does raise the question of how long he will remain with Brisbane, with reported interest from both European and Asian suitors before the 21 year old signed a fresh two year contract extension earlier this year. Should he continue to develop as expected over the next year or so, that interest is likely to return.

In terms of what would mark as progress for Borrello this season, playing in all 27 league games –he played 22 last time around- and adding an extra 3-4 goals to his tally for the season –pushing him towards double figures- would put him in the frame for higher honours and a move abroad.

Borrello has been a regular in pre-season occupying his usual right wing position in the games he’s playing, putting in sold if unspectacular performances and is set to start the season as the first choice on the right hand side.

Dimitri Petratos
As mentioned in the attacking midfielders preview Petratos spent most of last season playing as the most attacking minded of the midfield trio, although the arrival of Brett Holman could see him lose out in that position as John Aloisi utilises the talents of his big off-season signing.

In that eventuality, Petratos would likely either be limited to a substitutes role where he could cover any of the front four positions in the side, or be in competition for the right wing slot with Borrello.

Petratos of course did arrive in Brisbane to fill that role in 2013 following the departure of Ben Halloran and ended up playing a big part in the teams double winning season on that side, before shifting back into a midfield role the following season under new boss Frans Thijssen.

While Petratos has spent the majority of the pre-season playing that central role, Petratos did spend some time on the right hand side in the weekends game in perhaps a sign that he could be transitioning back to his initial role with the Roar.

Having someone with Petratos’ versatility in both roles is a real luxury for Aloisi as he looks for competition for places all across the side, but he’s also got to fill the massive shoes of Henrique who made that super sub role his own in recent times.

Shannon Brady
One of the forgotten men in the Brisbane squad, Brady has been rarely sighted in recent months, with the 20 year old not featuring on the team sheet since a NPL Queensland team sheet back in June.

It’s possible that given he hasn’t been sighted that Brady is no longer with the Roar, but there’s been no news of that affect so it’s likely that he’s either injured or completely out of favour.

Brady made just the two substitutes appearances last season, totalling just 25 minutes of game time and hasn’t appeared in any of the fixtures this pre-season, behind closed doors or open to attendance.

Assuming Brady is still with the Roar, that fact doesn’t bode well for him and with the likes of Jayden Prasad and Joseph Champness waiting in the wings as part of the Young Roar side there doesn’t appear to be a future for Brady in Brisbane.

Jayden Prasad
This time last season Prasad was getting to know his new Young Roar teammates having just joined the set-up from Redlands United, Jayden quickly established himself in the startling line-up over the summers National Youth League before further consolidating his building reputation in the NPL Queensland season.

Four goals in Eleven games doesn’t sound like the best return, but when you factor in he missed a third of the season on annual break and playing in pre-season with the first team it’s an impressive tally. Those first team opportunities came early in the pre-season in the two games on the Gold Coast against Sydney and Western Sydney.

Since the conclusion of the Young Roars’ NPL commitments, Prasad has spent time in and around the first team set-up and most recently was part of the Australian side which recently won the Asean Football Federation u-19 Championships.

Stylistically there’s a lot of comparisons to be drawn between Prasad and Borrello, with the two sharing similar attributes playing wise and  having their youth team performances overshadowed by highly regarded teammates. In the case of Borrello it was Jai Ingham and Kwame Yeboah, while for Prasad currently it’s Nicholas D’Agostino.

While Prasad is definitely talented, the presence of Borrello and Petratos is likely to limit Prasad’s chances to the Young Roar set-up once again this season, but if he continues to take strides forward similarly to those he has over the past season he could find himself in and around the first team.

There’s a number of options of the right wing position this season, and perhaps importantly for John Aloisi they’re all youngsters with high energy which could offset any potential issues surrounding the elder members of the midfield group alongside them. Borrello will once again be the man to watch, and John Aloisi will no doubt be hoping for further progression from his no.28.


Season Review Part 3- Youngsters

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll take a look back at the season that was, the success stories, the disappointments and take a brief look to what may lie ahead for next season. Previously we’ve looked at the season as a whole and the players who were regulars, today we’ll look at a bunch of younger players who rose to prominence in 2015-16.

Brandon Borrello
Games- 22 (1)
Goals- 5

Starting with a young player who first got his chance in the 2014-15, Brandon Borrello took major steps forward this season as a regular member of the starting line-up.

Despite making the breakthrough with 27 appearances last season and making his mark in the Asian Champions League, it was this season where Borrello cemented himself as a starting member in the side and began to add consistency in his game.

Five goals from 23 appearances is a solid return for player who was a secondary attacking weapon a lot of the season, but it’s also something that he can improve upon with four of his five goals in the opening month of the season and no goals since the round 12 clash with Melbourne City.

That regular starting spot on the right hand spot was his for all bar a month long spell just before Christmas where he was left out for three rounds, and the month of January when his form earned him a call-up to Australia’s AFC u-23 Championships squad.

Brandon’s form over the past 18 months or so has attracted interest of other teams both domestically and in Europe, however he put and end to all of the speculation by agreeing to a two year contract extension in mid February to remain in Brisbane.

The question surrounding Borrello for next season however is what role he will play, with the late season arrival of Tommy Oar raising questions over the wide attacking positions, with Thomas Broich also firmly in the mix to start in one of those roles. We saw that while initially it was Oar to miss out, that changed as the team moved towards the finals before Borrello was re-instated for the Semi-Final loss to Western Sydney. How that situation pans out will be one of the storylines of 2016-17.

Daniel Bowles
Games– 21 (1)
Goals-1

After making a string of solid appearances late in the 2014-15 season due to a heavily congested fixture schedule, where he excelled at the heart of defence, it was expected to be another season where Daniel would be waiting for his chance.

A long term injury to Luke DeVere which ruled him out of the entire season, coupled with Olyroos and injury issues for James Donachie opened up the path for Bowles to start the season in the line-up and he took his chance by playing in the first 16 games of the season.

Statistically Bowles is the second best rated defender in almost all categories, second only to the experienced Jade North who played every minute of the season having his best season in his time with the Roar.

Statistically in comparison with his regular partner Jade North and four players of similar age and playing time in 2015-16 –Matt Jurman (Sydney), Alex Grant (Perth), Jacob Poscoliero (Central Coast) & Jordan Elsey (Adelaide) – Bowles stacks up rather well as the table below shows.

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Looking ahead to next season Bowles looms as an important part of John Aloisi’ plans following the departure of James Donachie and the injury struggles of Luke DeVere, which leaves Bowles as the logical partner for Jade North.

Corey Brown
Games- 13 (2)
Goals- 1

2015-16 was another season where Corey started out as the understudy, but after injures to veteran Shane Stefanutto the opportunity for playing time emerged once again.

Initially when the chance arrived in the opening rounds he was solid in patches but was caught out by the run from Fabio Ferreira against the Central Coast which resulted in a goal. Following that and as a result of the return to fitness of Stefanutto, Brown was on the outer again with his next start not until the round 16 clash with Adelaide.

From round 16, Brown started the next four games playing reasonably well for the most part, but a pair of mistakes against Newcastle including a rather poor handball to concede a penalty, he found himself once again on the outer.

It looked like that was the way things would remain for the rest of the season, but Brown was given a somewhat surprising recall for the round 23 showdown with Melbourne Victory, and in credit to Corey he played arguably his best game for the Roar when he kept the inform Jai Ingham quiet and netted his second goal for the Roar in a 5-0 romp.

That performance ensured his spot in the side for the finals run in and the A-League finals themselves, with a string of solid performances over the final weeks of the season giving encouragement that Corey is ready to step up to the mark as a regular starter.

The attacking side of Corey’s game has always been the strength and the 8 chances created -1 assist- puts him on a par with what Jack Hingert achieved over on the right hand side, and in far less playing time.

The problem for Brown has always been that defensive positioning and decision making, and despite struggling at times in the early weeks of the season he improved considerably as the season went on. 36 interceptions and a tackle success rate of 85% are just marginally below that of Stefanutto for last season.

2016-17 will be a massive year for Corey due to the fact that he will be entering the pre-season as the clubs first choice left full-back, with only youngster Conor O’Toole in his first year as a professional as competition for his place.

The blueprint for Corey should be to look at the way Jack Hingert established himself as a starter in this league, and to attempt to replicate that on the left hand side. If Brown is able to achieve that level of consistency the future of the backline could be in very good shape.

James Donachie
Games- 10 (1)
Goals- 0

This year was an interrupted one for Donachie, who started just the 10 games this campaign, with injury and National Team call-ups playing their part. Injures to both his quad and knee cost him four games each, while he missed the entire month of January due to the Olympic Qualification tournament.

After his return however in round 15, Donachie would start in 9 of the last 13 games of the season, missing only four games due to his aforementioned knee injury.

Performance wise it’s tough to gauge given the small sample size of just nine league starts, but he  had 21 interceptions, 33 clearances, won 58% of his tackles and 56% of his duels, numbers which stack up reasonably similarly to Daniel Bowles , who he was fighting with for playing time.

After it emerged midway through the season that his contract was due to expire 12 months earlier than expected due to a mistake in the paperwork, the attempts to rectify the situation immediately and to extend the deal for an extra year to line it up with the original intended length of the deal.

That however failed to materialise and this week we got conformation that after five seasons and 71 appearances, James was set to depart the Roar. Teams domestically and abroad have already been linked, so it could be a few weeks before we learn of his next destination. Wherever that is, as a home-grown player through the clubs youth set-up I wish him all the best.

Jack Hingert
Games- 29
Goals- 0

2015-16 loomed as a career defining year for Jack and he made the most of his chance this season, playing in 29 of the clubs 30 games leaving the more experienced Jerome Polenz on the outer and missing only the one game due to a red card in round 24.

That run of form and regular football saw Hingert sign a new two year contract extension back in February which will see Jack remain in Brisbane through the 2017-18 season. The key now for Hingert is to kick on and establish himself amongst the league’s best full-backs, so with that in mind here’s how he compares statistically with three players who’ve been in and around the national time in recent years- Jason Geria (Melb. Victory), Tarek Elrich (Adelaide) & Scott Jamieson (West Sydney)-.

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Defensively the numbers stack up well for Jack, with all categories showing he’s very similar with the tackle and aerial duel winning % both right there with the others.

Attack wise the 1543 passes place Hingert 8th in the entire league, while his completion rating is also towards the top. The one area that he could perhaps improve on is the amount of chances created once in the final third, with his tally of 14 chances created and one assist well down on both Jamieson and Elrich.

With the right back spot now seemingly his for the foreseeable future, and his future in Brisbane secure for the next two seasons, the key for Hingert now will be to kick on and become one of the leagues best full-backs.

Jamie Maclaren
Games- 26
Goals- 20

Where would Brisbane have been without Jamie Maclaren? Well, for starters we wouldn’t of been 90 minutes from the Premiership and the Grand Final. When Jamie made to Brisbane in search of more regular playing time, it seemed a mutually beneficial fit, with Maclaren desperate for playing time and Brisbane desperate for a striker to replace Besart Berisha. In the end both got exactly what they were hoping for.

The season started and ended in the exact same way for Maclaren, with goals in the road against Western Sydney, and in between those games in October and April, he emerged as the best Australian striker in the A-League with his 20 goals the most ever scored by a local player in the A-League.

His influence on the side is best outlined by the games he missed in the month of January due to the AFC u-23 Championships. From the time when he was substituted in the 70th  minute of the round 13 clash with Perth, the Roar would only score the one solitary goal in his absence over the next 290 minutes of football; and that was a penalty against Adelaide. Brisbane lost two of the three games without Maclaren, picking up just one point out of nine as they dropped down to third on the table in his absence, and on his first game back following Olyroos duty he re-outlined his importance with a brace in a 3-1 win away to Sydney FC.

Maclaren’s form this season has lead to comparisons with the league’s best strikers, and when you compare him to fellow sharpshooters Besart Berisha and Bruno Fornaroli you can see why with the young striker splitting the difference between the two in every statistical category.

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His stellar run of form eventually proved too compelling for Socceroos boos Ange Postecoglou to ignore, and after overlooking Maclaren for the World Cup Qualifiers against Tajikistan and Jordan, he was called up for the end of season friendlies against England and Greece. While his international debut didn’t go to plan –or as well as it did for the striker making his debut at the other end of the pitch- he showed enough to suggest that with a little more experience there’s some potential to work with.

On the back of his stellar season, there has reportedly been interest from clubs in Europe for Maclaren’s services and his recent international debut is unlikely to dampen that interest. Jamie does however have one season to run on the two year deal he signed back in June last year, so the focus will be on improving upon his performances this season to secure his spot in the national team and to attract further interest. Obviously it would be fantastic if Brisbane were able to secure Maclaren’s services beyond this upcoming season, but that sort of talk will be firmly on the back burner until clubs ownership situation is resolved.

Dimitri Petratos
Games- 26 (4)
Goals-7

After switching from his right winger role under Mike Mulvey to a deeper midfield role in the 2014-15 season, Dimitri made that right hand side of the midfield three role his own this season starting in 26 of the clubs 30 games this season..

Despite a tendency to take a lot of shots -45 for the season-, a return of seven goals for the season is a career high, with only team Golden Boot Jamie Maclaren and Henrique bringing in a higher return. A shots on target ratio of just 15.6% however indicates there’s still room for improvement.

The one area of his game that has improved is the creative side, with a team high seven assists for Brisbane this season. That’s one more than Thomas Broich, whose lead the category for Brisbane ever since his arrival in 2010, and puts Petratos 4th in the league for assists this season behind Kosta Barbarouses, Mark Bridge and runaway winner Aaron Mooy.

That creative influence, which grew as the season went on, will become even more important next season as the team continues to evolve in the front third. With next year a contract year for Petratos –amongst many others- it looms as a big one for the 23 year old. Another solid campaign in 2016-17 could net him a lucrative deal here in the A-League or possibly overseas.

Brisbane’s younger players were always going to play a pivotal role in the success or otherwise of the 2015-16 season, and a large number of them stepped up to the mark. The 20 league goals for Jamie Maclaren was a record for an Australian and put him well and truly on the map in the A-League, while the defensive performances from the likes of Hingert, Bowles and Donachie were important at the other end of the park.

Next time we’ll look at the players who struggled to make an impact in the 2015-16 season.


Roar trio named in Olyroos

**The following is a re-post of something I posted over at Football Central- originally dated 28/08/15

in some good news coming out if Brisbane, three of Brisbane’s brightest young talents have been called up to represent the Australian U23 side next month in their two match tour of Europe.

James Donachie, Brandon Borrello and Jamie Maclaren have been picked by Olyroos boss Aurelio Vidmar to take on the Turkey u/22 side on September 4th in Istanbul, before travelling to Skopje to take on FYR Macedonia u/22 three days later.

The two games are being used to prepare the side for next years AFC u/23 Championships in Qatar, which double as the qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The Australian’s breezed past Myanmar, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong in the qualifiers but will face much stiffer tests in the tournament proper which gets underway in mid-January.

In order for the Olyroos to qualify for next year’s Olympics, they will need to be one of the top three finishers in the tournament.

While three of Brisbane’s best youngsters did make the squad, another missed out with Devante Clut surprisingly left out of the 23 man squad.

While the trio will miss some of the Roar’s pre-season campaign, they should all be back on deck for the clubs next pre-season hit-out against Newcastle Jets at Cleveland Showgrounds on September 12th.

With 2018 World Cup Qualifiers and the Rio 2016 qualifying campaign underway, this figures to be the first of many interruptions for A-League sides over the upcoming season.

For the Roar, this could see them without many of their young players for the entire month of January, with a preparation camp scheduled before the AFC u/23 Championships which run from Jan 12-30.

On the World Cup Qualifiers front, marquee player and club captain Matt McKay will almost certainly miss the Round 1 clash away to Western Sydney if he’s selected for the October trip to Jordan. There are four other 2018 qualifiers matches scheduled for the 2015-16 season.

Australian u/23 squad for Turkey and FYR Macedonia Friendlies
Goalkeepers: Jack Duncan, Paul Izzo, John Hall,
Defenders: Jason Geria, Giancarlo Gallifuoco, James Donachie, Scott Galloway, Cameron Burgess, Riley Woodcock, Brad Smith.
Midfielders: Milos Degenek, Josh Brillante, Andrew Hoole, Ryan Edwards, Mustafa Amini, Terry Antonis, Steven Ugarkovic, Daniel De Silva, Chris Ikonomidis,
Forwards: Jamie Maclaren, Connor Pain, Brandon Borrello, Adam Taggart.