Brisbane Roar 2019/20 season preview

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Brisbane has undergone some serious reformation over the off-season and are ready to roar in their 2019/20 campaign.

Last season…

A-League: 9th
Finals: Did not qualify
FFA Cup: Round of 32

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They’ll win the league because…

Head coach Robbie Fowler’s football status in the UK has earnt him the respected nickname “God” but he will have to prove to loyal fans he can uphold his football creativity and success in coaching positions as well. Fowler has brought in a significant amount of fresh talent including former English league talent, letting 16 players leave Brisbane in the process.

They’ll be cellar dwellers because…

On paper Brisbane seem to have everything to go all the way although it may also turn out to be a season full of trial and error. A vast re-shuffling of staffing and playing sides that has occurred over the off-season leave Brisbane’s playing style quite unpredictable. With former captain Matt McKay hanging up the boots last season, new faces no doubt have big shoes to fill.

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The off-season brought

The off season brought the signings of Roy O’Donovan, Tom Aldred, Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Macaulay Gillesphey, Jake McGing, George Mells, Brad Inman and Aiden O’Neill. With the belly empty and hungry for success Brisbane’s squad full of fresh talent won’t let this season slip away easily.

Key player

Roy O’Donovan has established himself as one of the A-League’s top marksmen. He has scored 39 goals from 80 league appearances across four seasons, his two-season contract with Brisbane should successfully provide more depth and experience for the squad. He’s already stated his excitement in receiving the opportunity to be coached under Premier League legend Robbie Fowler, acting as a key factor when making his decision as to who to sign for.

One to watch…

Aiden O’Neill was one of the last big names to be announced as a new signing and whilst is still relatively new to the A-League competition after spending last season with Central Coast Mariners, he is looking forward to playing for his home town under Fowler’s regime.

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INS: Roy O’Donovan, Tom Aldred, Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Macaulay Gillesphey, Jake McGing, George Mells, Brad Inman, Aiden O’Neill, Jay O’Shea, Scott Neville, Max Crocombe, Jai Ingham, Rahmat Akbari

OUTS: Matt McKay, Henrique, Thomas Kristensen, Brett Holman, Luke DeVere, Eric Bautheac, Eli Babalj, Joe Caletti, Charles Lokoli-Ngoy, Alex Lopez, Tobias Mikkelsen, Stefan Nigro, Brendan White, Ruon Tongyik, Nick D’Agostino, Dane Ingham

Full squad list

Goalkeepers: Max Crocombe, Macklin Freke, Jamie Young

Defenders: Tom Aldred, Daniel Bowles, Jordan Courtney-Perkins, Macaulay Gillesphey, Jack Hingert, Jake McGing, Scott Neville, Connor O’Toole, Izaacl Powell, Aaron Reardon, Kai Trewin

Midfielders: Rahmat Akbari, Stefan Mauk, George Mells, Aiden O’Neill, Jay O’Shea, Jacob Pepper

Forwards: Aaron Amadi-Holloway, Jai Ingham, Bradden Inman, Roy O’Donovan, Dylan Wenzel-Halls

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Kate Mednis
Bachelor of Communications and Journalism student. Intern covering the A-League and W-League home matches. Sports fanatic!