Roar sign Anton Mlinarić on loan

Brisbane Roar is pleased to confirm the signing of highly rated defender Anton Mlinarić on loan from Sydney FC until January.

The 19-year-old, who represented Australia at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Brazil two years ago, has arrived in Queensland with a view to securing A-League Men’s experience under Head Coach Warren Moon.

“This is a good opportunity to improve as a player and play regular first-team football,” Mlinarić said.

“I’m looking to play and impress.

“I feel ready. I just the need the opportunity and hopefully I take it. I just have to work hard.”

An imposing and assured left-sided defender, Mlinarić spent time with Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb last season.

He joins fellow new signing Nick Olsen at the Roar, who beat Lions FC 4-0 on Sunday to advance to the FFA Cup Quarter Finals.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Anton into our group,” Moon said.

“He’s a mature defender for his age in many respects. He’s defensively sound, physically very capable, and comfortable on the ball as well.

“With his left foot and passing ability, he’s another one who offers good balance in an important area of the pitch.

“We thank Sydney FC for working with us on providing this opportunity for Anton.”