O’Donovan raring to go in front of home fans


Brisbane Roar forward Roy O’Donovan says his side’s new set of stars can’t wait to play in front of their new home fans at Suncorp Stadium for the first time when they take on Melbourne Victory on Friday night (6:30pm KO).

Roar supporters will finally get to see Robbie Fowler’s new-look Brisbane Roar side in action at Suncorp Stadium in Friday’s Hyundai A-League Round 3 Clash against the Victory.

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Ten players made their BRFC Hyundai A-League debut in last week’s 1-1 opening day draw away to defending Premiers Perth Glory.

O’Donovan, whose stoppage time equaliser earned a point for the Roar in the West, says his side are itching to get back out on the pitch after a Round 2 bye, adding the week off would not be detrimental to his team’s preparation.


“That’s just the way the format is at the moment but it gives us a chance to reset and get ready for Victory at home in front of our own fans, which for a lot of our players will be their first time playing at Suncorp [Stadium],” O’Donovan said.

“I can’t wait! I think all the lads are buzzing now, with the week off watching all the games on TV, we’re itching to get back out there and to be on the right side of the Brisbane Roar faithful for a change.”

O’Donovan is no stranger to Suncorp Stadium having played at the venue for former sides Central Coast Mariners & Newcastle Jets.

“I’ve been here a couple of times, especially with the Mariners in my first season here where you don’t get a touch of the ball for 70 minutes in humid conditions on a big pitch,” O’Donovan said.


“It starts to feel a lot bigger by the 90th minute, so it’ll nice to be hopefully on the right side of that this time round in orange. I really can’t wait to get going.”

The forward, who has scored 40 goals in 89 Hyundai A-League appearances, says he hopes to see Brisbane fans out on big numbers for Friday’s home opener against Victory.

“I think Brisbane Roar supporters need to come out and support us and see what we’re all about,” O’Donovan said.

“They’ll be pleasantly surprised, we’ll play some good football but we’ll be dogged when we need to be, so get out there wear your orange and enjoy it.”


Hyundai A-League Round 3: Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Friday, 25 October (6:30pm KO)

Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory, October 25, Suncorp Stadium