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.
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.
Young Brisbane full-back Dane Ingham has today been included in New Zealand’s upcoming 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Fiji later this month.
The inclusion caps a meteoric rise for the 17 year old, who spent much of the season getting accustomed to his new role at right full-back after shifting back from the front third towards the end of the 2016 NPL Queensland season.
Ingham then capitalised on Brisbane’s congested fixture schedule by joining his older brother Jai in making his professional debut for the Roar in the 6-0 Asian Champions League qualifier against Global FC.
Ingham has gone on to make five appearances all up for the Roar so far this season, including making his A-League debut in round 19 against Melbourne City, before scoring his first professional goal the following week against Perth Glory.
While defensively Ingham has been on a steep learning curve in his new position, the youngster has shown the ability to get forward and provide an option on the overlap which culminated in his goal against Perth.
Dane is joined by his older brother and former Brisbane winger Jai in the All-Whites squad, with manager Anthony Hudson excited to add the duo to his squad ahead.
The duo now stand a chance at being involved in a big year for the All Whites, who will participate in the Confederations Cup in June before trying to qualify for the World Cup later in the year.
“Recently when Dane made his debut for the Roar, for me 20 – 30 minutes into the game and I was sold. I had seen enough. He is a really good player. I have said all along that I wouldn’t be adding unless they add to the squad and these two players do that. I have seen enough to know that they can come in and improve what we are doing.”- Anthony Hudson, NZ Manager.
You can read more and listen to an interview about there selection on the New Zealand Football Website here.
It’s been a busy week for Ingham, who changed agents earlier in the week.
With Ingham called up to the All Whites squad, he will miss the round 24 clash against Melbourne Victory who in turn will be without four players for the game.
Ingham joins Matt McKay in being called up for international football in the coming weeks, with club captain McKay a strong chance to participate in Australia’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.
Five players from the Young Roar set-up have today been named in the Young Socceroos squad for an upcoming training camp.
Goalkeeper Macklin Freke, full-back Dane Ingham, defender Aaron Reardon, midfielder Adam Sawyer and winger Daniel Leck were all named as part of the squad.
Im not sure what tournament the team are preparing for, with the Young Socceroos failing to qualify for this years u-20 World Cup in South Korea and the qualifying for the 2019 edition not set to get underway until 2018.
The only player named in Ufuk Talay’s 24 player squad with experience in the A-League is Melbourne City midfielder Dennis Genreau, with the rest all still awaiting their chance at the top level.
From a Brisbane perspective, of the five players named in this squad only Dane Ingham figures to be in any sort of contention for a first team debut, with the other four overlooked for the recently named ACL squad.
Brisbane’s five players in the squad is the equal most, with recently crowned NYL Champions Melbourne City also having five players in the squad. Each of the 10 teams in the NYL have at least one representative in the 24 player group.
The camp will however rule Ingham out of next weeks trip to China should Brisbane win their playoff against Global FC tonight, although it was always unlikely that he would feature in that game.
You can see the full squad here.