Roar’s Henry Hore enjoying ‘special’ start to Isuzu UTE A-League career

Brisbane Roar’s emerging attacker Henry Hore says it’s a “special” feeling to see his name on the teamsheet each week as he continues to impress in the Isuzu UTE A-League.

The 22-year-old has scored twice in the first eight games of his fledgling professional career, which is taking flight this term thanks in no small part to the belief of Head Coach Warren Moon.

Hore, a former ‘Most Glorious Youth Player’ for Perth Glory, returned home to Queensland late last year to link up old with his old Lions FC boss and the Sunshine Coast product is repaying the faith.

He scored the winner against Perth last month, struck again in the recent win over Macarthur FC and was unlucky not to find the net on two occasions in midweek.

Having now started five successive matches, he’s becoming an important member of the Roar’s starting side.

“It feels great,” Hore said. “It’s a dream come true. Hopefully there’s more to come and I can keep getting minutes and keep starting.

“It’s really special [to see my name on the teamsheet]. Not so much for me but for my family and friends. With all the hard work I’ve put in over the years, it’s great.

“The fans have been great so far. It seems like they like me, which is good! I don’t really feel much pressure though. I just enjoy playing.

“Hopefully there’s more to come and I can keep getting minutes and keep starting.”

Hore would have had a third Isuzu UTE A-League goal to his name if not for a combination of Oli Sail’s wonder save and the Wellington Phoenix woodwork on Wednesday.

Instead, the winger will look to inflict more pain on Perth when Brisbane face Richard Garcia’s side in Launceston on Sunday.

He’ll have the strong support of his Head Coach to continue cementing his reputation in the top tier.

“He’s a good player. He’s got a good football brain. That’s the big one,” Moon said.

“He’s still having to learn about the speed of the game at this level, his responsibilities with and without the ball, but I think he’s come in and shown he’s a very good football player.

“He’s got lots still to do. Physically he’s still got the body of a young man and it’s going to take a bit of time for him in this environment, through pre-seasons [to develop that side].

“But I don’t anticipate Henry going back to the NPL level anytime soon. I think he’s got a bright future.”