Take a look at our 18-man squad to face Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday (4:35pm KO) and hear from new recruit Avram Papadopoulos.
Danish international and the Hyundai A-League’s most efficient tackler Thomas Kristensen returns to the squad after being a late withdrawal in last weekend’s clash against Perth Glory.
Jack Hingert made his return from injury mid-week against Muangthong United and is set to play his first Hyundai A-League match in threee weeks.
Joe Caletti and Cameron Crestani were both impressive in their Hyundai A-League debuts last weekend and remain in the 18-man squad alongside fellow youngsters Nathan Konstandopoulos, Shannon Brady, Connor O’Toole, Kye Rowles and Joey Katebian.
Read below for the full 18-man squad and new recruit Avram Papadopoulos’ first interview as a Brisbane Roar player.
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Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 21. Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix. Saturday, 25 February 2017. Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. Kick-off 4:35pm (QLD Time)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 1.Michael THEO (gk), 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 9.Jamie MACLAREN, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 13.Jade NORTH, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 15.ARANA, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Shannon BRADY, 21.Jamie Young, 22.Thomas BROICH, 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 25.Kye ROWLES, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 29.Joe CALETTI, 33.Joey KATEBIAN, 46.Cameron CRESTANI **two to be omitted**
Ins: 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN (promoted), 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS (promoted), 19.Jack HINGERT (returns from injury), 20.Shannon BRADY (promoted), 21.Jamie YOUNG (promoted), 24.Connor O’TOOLE (promoted), 25.Kye ROWLES (promoted), 33.Joey KATEBIAN (promoted)
Outs: 3.Luke DEVERE (calf – 4 weeks), 8.Jacob PEPPER (not selected), 11.Tommy OAR (not selected), 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO (not selected), 43.Tomislav BILIC (gk) (not selected), 50.Dane INGHAM (not selected)
Unavailable: 4.Daniel BOWLES (knee – season), 5.Corey BROWN (hamstring – 2 weeks)
QUOTE UNQUOTE WITH AVRAM PAPADOPOULOS
Welcome to Brisbane, Avram
“Thankyou to everyone for the hospitality. I am very happy in Brisbane, the people are very friendly and that is important to me.
“I haven’t played for a few months but everyday I am working hard and I will give my best for this team.”
What have you seen of Brisbane Roar?
“I have seen some games and I think that Brisbane have a very strong team with a lot of quality players with experience and talent.”
What does returning to Australia mean to you?
“I was born in Melbourne. I have a lot of relatives there and I have come to Australia a few times. I played one tournament with Olympiacos and one time with the national team.
“I love this country, my parents worked for many years in Australia.”
Are you excited to play in the Hyundai A-League?
“I like Australian football. For me it’s a big chance to come and play at a high level. Australian football is at a very good level and playing in Brisbane is a very good chance for me.
“You have to play strong and hard football in the Hyundai A-League. All the games are played at a high intensity and for me it’s all about working hard to be playing with the team soon.”
Are you excited for the final rounds of the Hyundai A-League season?
“I am excited to be here. I have come to a team who has a big chance of success this season and I am happy I have signed for Brisbane.”