Aloisi: Playing for your home city is always special

Ross Aloisi has lauded the value of player’s playing for their home town club of ahead of Sunday’s Isuzu UTE A-League Round 7 clash against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.

The Roar boss, who grew up in Adelaide has a strong connection with the Reds having served as club captain in the inaugural season of the A-League before going on the to work alongside Carl Veart as the club’s Assistant Coach between 2020 and 2022.

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Roar start the weekend a point ahead of Adelaide with Sunday’s match pitting fourth against fifth.

Both club’s share a similar DNA with a focus on promoting exciting local talent which is something Aloisi places huge importance upon.

“Playing for your home city is always special and that’s why I’m very passionate about boys playing for the Brisbane Roar who are from Queensland, because I know what it meant to me to play for Adelaide United,” Aloisi said.

“We speak about it all the time, you’ve got Waddingham up front who’s 18 and we’re relying on an 18-year-old boy to lead our front line.

“But, if you look at him he doesn’t look 18, the way he plays, he looks a lot older and he looks experienced and he’s growing each game.

“So 100{0e9d9e5f8ab8f5ee98de7b96e5025abc03cdeec159ea0768a5c635a5f5e5f174} right, I don’t look at age Quinn MacNicol, who’s 15, I just don’t look at the age I look at the footballer. 

“I look at the footballer and look at what we’ve got available at the time and obviously we had Florin Berenguer, who was out injured, so yeah age doesn’t mean too much to me.”

Sunday’s match kicks off at 2pm AEST at Coopers Stadium and will be broadcast live on Paramount+ and 10 Bold.

Isuzu UTE A-League Men 2023/24 – Round 7: Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Sunday, 10 December (2pm KO AEST)