Roar welcome new faces to Brisbane


Roy O’Donovan

“I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to sign for Brisbane Roar. It’s an exciting time to be joining the club and the chance to work with Premier League legend Robbie Fowler was a big factor in my decision,” O’Donovan said.

“Brisbane is a big [Hyundai] A-League club and I’m looking forward to challenging the top teams next season and help to bring back the success that Brisbane have had in the past.”

Tom Aldred

“I’m buzzing about getting started at Brisbane Roar, it’s a massive opportunity for me,” Aldred said.

“I’ve always kept an eye on overseas leagues and it’s been an ambition of mine to play abroad one day.”

“I met with [new Head Coach] Robbie [Fowler] and he put in light what is trying to do and it was something that really attracted me.

“It’s a very competitive league that has featured some quality players and it’s one that I’m really looking forward to testing myself in.”

Aaron Amadi-Holloway

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to come and play for Brisbane Roar,” Amadi-Holloway said.

“It was an opportunity I couldn’t say no to, being coached by one of the best Premiership strikers in his time.

“I can’t wait to get started.”

Macaulay Gillesphey

“I fancied doing something different and when the opportunity came about, it was definitely one I was interested in,” Gillesphey said.

“The facilities here [at the Club’s City of Logan Training Facility] look top-notch and I’m really looking forward to it.”

“I have seen quite a bit of the [Hyundai] A-League and I’ve done my research on the Club as well,” Gillesphey continued.

“I’ll be doing everything I can to help add some more silverware.”

Jake McGing

“I’m absolutely buzzing to be here. Just checking out the training ground and seeing all the facilities, it’s top-notch,” McGing said.

“I’m just really happy to get started and play with Brisbane Roar. It’s a Club that deserves to be at the top.

“I’m hoping to be someone that the fans can always rely on and bring as much success to the club as possible.”

George Mells

“It’s a massive Club which has won many championships. I’ve won one myself in Adelaide so I would love to add another to that list,” Mells said.

“I think once you get a taste of having success you just want more and that’s something I’m going to try and bring to the Club.

“The Roar have had some top players over the years in midfield, like Matt McKay for example. If I can resemble some of his performances for the Club, I think it’s a job well done.”

Brad Inman

“Being Australian, it’s good to come home and it will be a great challenge and a new opportunity,” Inman said.

“When I spoke with [Head Coach] Robbie [Fowler] about his plans, straight away I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.

“I’ve played against a few of the new boys and I was at Newcastle with Macaulay too.

“I’m starting at a new club but I feel comfortable already. I know all the boys are really looking forward to getting started.”

Aiden O’Neill

“Last season I got to play in front of my family which was a big part of the decision for me to come to Australia on loan,” O’Neill said.

“To be back in my home city and be able to play in front of my family and friends means a lot to me.”

“I’m only relatively new to the Hyundai A-League, but it’s a league that’s improving very quickly and it would be awesome to be a part of bringing Brisbane back to the top.”

“I’m really excited to get started in Brisbane. It’s a great opportunity to play under [Head Coach] Robbie [Fowler] who had such an immense career,” O’Neill said.

“He called me and told me about his plans for the Club. It was something I was really excited to be involved in.”

 Jay O’Shea

“It was exciting when I got the call from [Head Coach] Robbie Fowler, being a Premier League legend,” O’Shea said

“I then spoke to a few of the Irish players who have played in the league, including [new teammate] Roy O’Donovan and they couldn’t rate it highly enough and said I would be crazy to not take the opportunity.” 

“It made the decision really easy – a lot of people I have spoken to really recommend the [Hyundai] A-League. It’s a great competition and fantastic opportunity for myself.”

Scott Neville

“It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m excited to get started,” Neville said.

“I played with [Head Coach] Robbie [Fowler] at Perth so it’s exciting to work under him. He was the ultimate professional as a player and I’m sure he will be as Head Coach as well.

“The Roar is a massive Club and throughout my time in the [Hyundai] A-League, coming to Suncorp Stadium has always been a tough battle.

“If we can turn our home ground in to a fortress, and work together as a team, it will go a long way to bringing success back to the Club.”

Max Crocombe

“I’m buzzing. As soon as the opportunity came up, it was something I wanted to be a part of,” Crocombe said.

“I’m looking to make the next step in my career and take on a new challenge. I’ve had my eye on the Hyundai A-League for a few years, and this opportunity felt like it was the right move. 

“I know a lot of players in the league so I keep in touch with how it’s going. It’s a good standard of football, a fresh challenge for me and I can’t wait to get started and test myself.”

Jai Ingham

“I’m really excited to be back,” Ingham said.

“It’s an unbelievable opportunity, especially to play under [Head Coach] Robbie Fowler. I think it’s going to be a great year for Brisbane Roar and I’m very excited.

“I can’t wait to learn off him [Head Coach Robbie Fowler]. I’ve learnt a lot at my previous clubs and I can’t wait to continue learning here in Brisbane.”

Rahmat Akbari

“I’m really stoked to be here again. This is my home – my family are here, I started playing here when I was younger so it’s really good to be back,” Akbari said.

“The team’s great, the culture is excellent and the team is really gelling together.”

Macklin Freke

“As a Queenslander, I’m proud to have earned a scholarship with my hometown Club,” Freke said.

“I’m looking forward to continue training hard, doing my best to impress the coaches and contribute to the squad this season.”

Jordan Courtney-Perkins

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to continue my development. We’re building a strong Hyundai A-League squad here in Brisbane and I’m looking forward to contributing this season,” Courtney-Perkins said.

Kai Trewin