Roaring hard? No, hardly roaring

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Brisbane Roar’s finals hopes are hanging on by a thread, and in fact appear over following their 1-0 defeat against Adelaide United.

With five games remaining, they are more than capable of a top six finish but the recent rumblings within the Roar camp pose serious doubts on whether the club is capable of a finals push.

There have been storms brewing in the Sunshine State for a while now and it is hard to know where to begin.

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Scott McDonald’s departure is a good place to start. McDonald made a sudden exit from the club, terminating his contract and defecting to Western Sydney Wanderers.

Roar head coach Warren Moon admitted his relationship with the veteran striker broke down, but did not reveal the reasons for his two-week absence before the announcement was made in late April.

While the Roar have somewhat handled the experience gap his departure instigated with Joey Champness and Riku Danzaki stepping up, rumours of other big name player departures have been a major cause for concern.

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Fresh off the news of McDonald’s exodus, reports Macaulay Gillesphey was set to leave Brisbane produced fears even greater.

The reigning Roar Player of the Year, who has been a mainstay down back for Brisbane since 2019, was disappointed with the club’s effort to keep him and saw contract negotiations break down.

To make matters worse, Roar’s number one goalkeeper Jamie Young was also linked with a move away from the river city after 138 appearances for his hometown club.

The stalwart reportedly granted permission to speak with rival clubs, and while Young himself confirmed his commitment to the cause, when there is smoke, there is fire.

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Some larger score lines this season, including the four-goal thrashing of Central Coast Mariners, has disguised some of these headlines.

The recent run of wet home games has also shifted focus away from the team’s position, forcing the focus on the weathers impact and dour affairs on display.

Despite Moon’s best efforts to hose down speculation and keep his squad’s mind on the job, the final five crucial clashes will prove whether the rumblings have affected a Brisbane side hardly roaring.

Feature Image Credit: Brisbane Roar/Bradley Kanaris     

All statistics: Ultimate A-League

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Matthew Tsimpikas
Sports lover studying journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. Covering Brisbane Roar FC in the 2020/21 A-League and W-League.

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