Visa-player recruitment is Brisbane Roar’s major issue, admits Moon

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Brisbane Roar coach Warren Moon has lamented the current list of visa-players on his roster and their inability to provide the necessary spark throughout the 2021/22 season.

The Roar currently have three international players as a part of their 31 man A-League Men squad.

The trio includes Juan Lescano (Argentina), Matti Steinmann (Germany) and Ryo Wada (Japan).

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If Moon’s comments from Tuesday night’s defeat to Central Coast Mariners are to be believed, it is unlikely they will run out in the orange and black again.

“They’re not playing and we’re putting the kids out because as much as we brought them in with high hopes it just hasn’t worked out. I can’t be more honest, open and clear about that,” Moon said.

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Moon doubled down on his comments when asked about his omission of the international trio from the match-day squad.

“If they’d worked out they would be playing,” he said

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Moon said the club would have to explore better international player options in the off-season if they want to improve on a disappointing 2021/22 campaign and return to the form that saw them make the finals series less than a year ago.

“With those potential visa spots next year it’s clear what we need to strengthen, where we need to improve our squad and as a club we need to sit down and see what we can do to try and get it right,” he said.

Despite the disappointing way the Roar’s season has played out, Moon is confident with the right signings the club can get back to title contention.

“We just need to get the right recruitment for next season and if we can do that I’m very confident this squad can progress and move forward,” he said.

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The major issue for the Roar all season has been putting the ball in the back of the net and fans will hope some international firepower can fix that issue.

Moon is confident that his core of young players just need the right complementary pieces to bring confidence back to Brisbane.

“When we talk about 23 shots to three tonight it’s quite simply not good enough and it’s clear where we need to improve the squad but there is the nucleus of a team that can go on and challenge next season,” he said.

Feature image credit: Brisbane Roar FC

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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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