Brisbane Roar’s pre-season road tour heads to Heath Park on Wednesday as Ange Postecoglou’s men take on Brisbane Premier League club Eastern Suburbs in their fourth training match of 2011.
The game also marks the homecoming of one of Easts- favourite sons, James Meyer, a former player of the club who made the transition from Brisbane-s local competition to the Hyundai A-League last year.
Originally signed to a one year contract, Meyer-s stint at Brisbane Roar has since been extended until the end of the 2012/13 season.
Still a keen observer of how his old side fares in the BPL, the 25-year-old was relishing at the opportunity to match up against his former teammates on Wednesday night.
“I-m really looking forward to it and I spoke to some of the boys on the weekend and they-re looking forward to it too,” Meyer said.
“They were questioning me about it all, all our tactics and stuff, but I didn-t let them in on any!
“I still head down there quite a bit to watch and keep an eye on the BPL ladder and see how they-re going so I can-t wait for Wednesday.”
Under the guidance of Alan Hunter, the Joe Marston medallist in Brisbane Strikers- triumphant 1996/97 National Soccer League grand final win, and Peter Davidson, Eastern Suburbs are currently sitting eighth on the BPL table after 15 rounds.
Despite their mid-table standing, Meyer was well aware of the threat his former club would pose but made it clear the Roar would only worry about their own preparations heading into the pre-season fixture.
After suffering toe ligament damage at the tail end of last season, the attacking midfielder said he was quietly pleased with his recovery and his early pre-season form.
“It-s been refreshing to get back into playing games again and knowing I can put as much weight as I can on my foot and not having to worry about it has been really good,” he said.
“It-s a long while until the season starts but all I can do is work, stay fit and injury-free and hopefully stay at the front of the gaffer-s mind.”
Brisbane Roar face Eastern Suburbs on Wednesday 22 June at Heath Park, Hilton Street, East Brisbane kicking off at 7pm. Player signings will occur between 5-5.55pm.