The English roommates dominating the A-League

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Macaulay Gillesphey says his time in England and his relationship with fellow Englishmen and roommate Tom Aldred are behind Brisbane Roar’s defensive success in the 2020/21 A-League season.

Brisbane are a defensive juggernaut at this stage of the season having conceded only 17 times in 15 games, making them the second best defensive unit in the A-League.

Gillesphey has become a vital part of the Roar’s defence in recent seasons along with his centre half pairing and club captain Aldred.

“It’s always good playing with Tom [Aldred] because every game I learn something new which is really good for my football,” Gillesphey said.

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The two Englishmen have been roommates throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, which has allowed them to develop their friendship to new heights off the football field.

“Me and Tommy live together so we’ve got a good relationship on and off the field,” Gillesphey said.

“It was a tough period [COVID-19] but as I said I live with Tom Aldred and his girlfriend so it’s been a bit easier having them there to get through it all.”

Gillesphey who is a former Newcastle United and Carlisle United player signed with the Roar in 2019 and made an instant impact, winning the Gary Wilkins Medal for player of the year.

The 25-year-old said his time in England helped him develop into a more physically capable and well-rounded player that can adapt to any conditions.

“When you play in England, you come up against big, strong and physical players. There is a lot of heading and last stitch defending, you grow up with that so you got to get used to it,” he said.

“There are times when the weather is not great and the pitches aren’t great so you have to change and adapt to different styles of football.”

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The way Gillesphey has played over the last few seasons undoubtedly has generated some attention from overseas clubs.

While the centre back is yet to re-sign with the Roar he said he has loved his time in Australia and playing with Brisbane.

“If something did pop up back home I wouldn’t say no,” he said.

“You’ve always got to look at every option you’ve got, but at the minute I’m loving playing for Brisbane.”

The Roar will no doubt be hoping they can keep Gillesphey at the club for future campaigns.

Featured Image Credit: Joshua Springfield/Brisbane Roar

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Angus Brien
Covering Brisbane Roar A-League and W-League matches during the 2020/2021 season. Currently studying Journalism at Queensland University of Technology. Big sports fan and lover of football.

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