The return of Ivan Franjic to Brisbane Roar has gone off with a bang.

It took just a matter of seconds for Franjic to send a timely reminder of the quality at his disposable during his welcome home appearance to the same club that sparked his rapid rise to the Socceroos.

The 30-year-old scored with his first involvement on Saturday night, curling an audacious strike off his less preferred left foot into the top left corner in what both he and coach John Aloisi hopes will set an early precedent for the rest of Franjic’s season.

“Yeah, it was a good first touch, I’ve seen him do that before and he’s got that in his locker,” said Aloisi.

“When the opportunity was there to bring him back we didn’t hesitate.”

Franjic mutually terminated his contract with K-League side Daegu FC in October after only two appearances for the club.

Injury played a big part in the matter, a common trend for the versatile defender ever since his initial foreign departure for Torpedo Moscow in 2014 which ended with Franjic terminating his contract with the Russian club over unpaid wages.

Despite the unfortunate run of injury concerns Aloisi remains fully aware of just how handy a fit and confident Franjic can be.

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“He’s still going to get his fitness, he hasn’t played a lot of football of late but you can see the qualities that he has got,” said Aloisi.

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“We know he can play right back but I’ve seen him up a little bit higher, I’ve also seen him as an attacking midfielder type of role for Brisbane Roar a few years back so he’s pretty smart tactically.

“He understands how to play in those different roles and he’s also got that quality that he can either cross the ball, give a final pass or even score goals.”

The on-field return of Franjic has coincided with several of Roar’s injury list players rapidly closing in on full fitness in the lead up to a heavy holiday and new year schedule.

Brisbane will begin their campaign to reach the group stage of the Asian Champions League in January with a possible two knockout fixtures standing between them and further ACL action.

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“We’ve got competition for places but it’s also exciting to see the young boys developing and progressing because we’ve got a pretty congested schedule come January,” said Aloisi.

“We are going to need everyone and I’m sure everyone will be ready.”

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Josh is a student journalist at the University of Queensland currently covering Brisbane Roar's 17/18 season.