Open letter from Brisbane Roar General Manager Eugénie Buckley.
Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new General Manager of the club. I am excited by the opportunity which now lays ahead of the club following the most successful Hyundai A-League season in its short history. Brisbane Roar Head Coach Ange Postecoglou has built a team that played a brand of football which has changed the face of Australian football.
I am a proud Queenslander and someone with strong ties to football. I was as excited as the other 50,000 fans inside Suncorp Stadium when Brisbane finally claimed the Championship many of us in the game had dreamed of for six years. That recent Grand Final underlined the appetite for football, and Brisbane Roar, in South-East Queensland.
Fifty thousand fans, most of them wearing orange, was a strong statement about the potential this club has to be a major player in the Brisbane sporting market. Success will drive interest in the club which, in turn, will drive interest in the game and as an administration we need to take advantage of those opportunities.
The current management team have already made great strides to make the most of that enthusiasm and my role is to facilitate those programs while seeking to develop a strong and sustainable structure to ensure the long term future of the club.
With that in mind, Football Federation Australia now holds the license for Brisbane Roar. FFA-s involvement gives us a solid foundation to build from and in the coming months we will be aggressively seeking investment in the club to further strengthen our position.
So what do all these changes mean?
On the face of things you will see very few outward changes to our operations. Our aim to become the benchmark football club in the Hyundai A-League remains unchanged, and in fact it is probably stronger than ever.
As a club, we will continue to build ties to the local football community to strengthen not only ourselves but the game in our region. We want to represent every football fan in Queensland with pride and respect.
What we are all working very hard to do is ensure Brisbane Roar develops into a sustainable and successful club both on and off the field.
Brisbane Roar General Manager