Brisbane Roar is excited to announce the signing of 15-year-old Academy product Quinn MacNicol on a scholarship contract for the upcoming Isuzu UTE A-League Season.
MacNicol impressed Head Coach Ross Aloisi in the NPL QLD before he began training with the Senior team this pre-season.
He made his senior debut in the Australia Cup Round of 32 victory over Newcastle Jets which saw him become the youngest player to ever play for Brisbane Roar.
To add to this exciting time for the young midfielder, MacNicol came off the bench in the Roar’s Round of 16 clash against Sydney United 58 FC where he scored the fifth goal to seal the 5-0 victory on the day.
He made history with that goal, becoming the youngest player to ever score in the Australia Cup final at 15 years and 228 days.
MacNicol will come out firing to begin his first A-League season, looking to learn from the squad’s experienced players such as Jay O’Shea and Tom Aldred.
MacNicol describes this opportunity as being “surreal” after following the Roar from a young age and now being part of the club. He looks forward to continuing his development and gaining experience alongside the senior players.
“It’s surreal to be honest, I love the club, I love Roar and being a young lad watching the games, I’ve always wanted to play for the Roar. I’ve always dreamt of it, and to finally do that is just unreal,” MacNicol said.
“So far the physical aspect has helped me a lot, playing with all the senior boys, and their encouragement on the field has just been amazing. You can really tell that the environment and culture here is what you need in a football club.”
MacNicol spoke of the overwhelming support provided by Head Coach Ross Aloisi and he looks forward to more match minutes in the upcoming season.
“Ross has been excellent with me, he puts so much support in me and trust in me and lets me go out there and play my game, and that’s all you need.”
“I just want to get as many minutes as I can in, and just help the team as much as I can.”
At such a young age and already producing these results off the bench in the Australia Cup, fans will be excited to see more of the prospect in his future at the Roar.
Head Coach Ross Aloisi described MacNicol’s development and technical ability as outstanding, as well as commenting on his hopes for him this season.
“For Quinny it’s about his development, he’s already developed within our pre-season, which has been outstanding. He’s a different type of footballer than a lot of other footballers. He’s very slim in physique, but his football brain and his technical ability is absolutely outstanding,” Aloisi said.
“We are just looking to help improve that, and hopefully over the course of this season he gets to play a number of games and progress leading into the future,” he added.
MacNicol will look to build on his recent success this Saturday 16 September at Perry Park in the Roar’s Quarter Final match against Western Sydney Wanderers.
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