O’Shea enjoying flying start to 2023/24 A-League season

Brisbane Roar midfielder, Jay O’Shea says that the 2023/24 Isuzu UTE A-League season has been his best yet in a Brisbane shirt.

The 35-year-old Irishman netted his third goal of the new campaign in Sunday’s 2-0 victory over Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.

O’Shea, who also leads the league in chances created and is second for crosses and completed passes sits atop the Roar’s goalscoring charts alongside Henry Hore and Nikola Mileusnic with three efforts to his name.

Roar currently sit second on the A-League ladder just a point shy of league leaders Macarthur after seven rounds of action with O’Shea saying the feeling in the group is as strong as ever.

“I said it from the start, even in the cup run, the belief we have within the group, everyone’s so fit,” O’Shea said.

“Everybody knows their jobs the style of play that Ross (Aloisi) has us playing.

“Everybody’s brilliant they’re working hard fitness, levels are really high and they have to be to play the way we’re playing, so everything’s going well at the minute.”

O’Shea, who was awarded the Gary Wilkins Medal in both the 2020/21 & 2021/22 A-League seasons said he was thriving within the sides new attacking approach.

“I like to get as high as I can and get involved and try to get assists and goals,” O’Shea said.

“I’m really enjoying my football and this style of plays gives me the freedom to get up and chip in with a few more goals and assists.

“I’d say it’s the fittest I’ve ever been and pre-season was so tough and you know what the conditions are like in Brisbane so that gives you the extra edge.

“Personally, I feel like this is the best I’ve been since I got here.”

Next up for the Roar is their first trip to AAMI Park of the 2023/24 season where they’ll go up against Western United in A-League Round 8 action on Friday evening.

Isuzu UTE A-League Men 2023/24 – Round 8: Western United v Brisbane Roar
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Friday, 15 December (5pm KO)