Meet Nick Olsen – Brisbane Roar’s A-League Men’s debutant with an international resume

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Australian Nick Olsen has never played in the A-League Men, but he’s certainly not short on top-level experience.

Olsen, 26, has most recently played two seasons in the Kuwait Division One for Al-Jahra SC and Khaitan SC.

“The reason why I went overseas was to get that experience and see a different aspect of football and a different life as well,” Olsen said. 

“Going to a Middle Eastern country, to completely differentiate myself, I think it was good for me to mature as a player and also to grow as a player to put myself in a different environment like that.”


Having missed out on an A-League debut coming through Western Sydney Wanderers’ academy, he feels his experiences overseas have made him a more complete and versatile player. 

“I’d definitely say that all the experiences you have in football, internationally and locally are good for you as a player, because you know you’re always having fun playing in any league,” he said. 

“Obviously, you learn a lot from these [international] players, on the different types and styles of football, you learn so much from these players and then you can use their experiences in your own game as well.

“I think for me, it’s always a great thing to be a versatile player and that experience of me going overseas has definitely put me in a good stead to come back to the elite now and to give myself a really good shot.”

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After arriving in Brisbane three weeks ago, Nick has settled into pre-season training with his new teammates and coach Warren Moon. 

“The boys are good and the staff are good and the environment that they’ve built here it’s a really good one and one that I’m really happy to be a part of; I’m really looking forward to the first game,” Olsen said. 

“He’s [Moon] tried to integrate me with the boys instantly, he’s been pushing me through the sessions to be better, mainly just trying to get my fitness up.

“On the field, we push each other to be better each and every day.

“The last game we had on the weekend I got a good 60-65 minutes, at the moment it is really just working on match fitness.”

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He will bring all of his overseas experience into the Roar’s first A-League Men’s game against Melbourne Victory and carry it through the entire season as the Roar aim for silverware. 

“I think that we can definitely do it all this year and that will obviously start in the first game against Melbourne. So I definitely think it’s gonna be a really exciting season,” Olsen said. 

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Bill Hedley
Bill Hedley
Journalism under graduate at the University of Queensland. I have been a die-hard football player and fan for the past 16 years and am now a passionate multimedia Journalist, covering Brisbane Roar for the 2021/22 A-League season.

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