Brisbane Roar is pleased to confirm the signing of hometown talent Rahmat Akbari on a two-year contract ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.
Akbari made six Hyundai A-League appearances for the Roar in the 2017-18 campaign after making his debut as a 17-year-old, before making nine more for the Victory.
The Club’s 13th signing, and one of five players aged 21 and under in the Roar’s Hyundai A-League squad, says he’s delighted to be home in Brisbane.
“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.”
The Afghani-born playmaker returned to Queensland in June as part of the Young Roar setup, before impressing in the first team with goals in pre-season victories over Redlands United and Brisbane City.
Akbari added he felt Brisbane was the perfect place to continue his development under new Head Coach Robbie Fowler.
“He [Head Coach Robbie Fowler] has been really good to me. As a young player I always want to go play more games, this season especially I want to play as many [Hyundai] A-League games as I can.”
Akbari will sport the #25 jersey for the upcoming campaign.
BRISBANE ROAR HYUNDAI A-LEAGUE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: 1.Max CROCOMBE, 21.Jamie YOUNG
Defenders: 2.Scott NEVILLE, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Tom ALDRED, 6.Macaulay GILLESPHEY, 15.Aaron REARDON, 19.Jack HINGERT, 22.Jake MCGING, 24.Connor O'TOOLE, 28.Izaack POWELL
Midfielders: 8.Jacob PEPPER, 10.Brad INMAN, 12.Aiden O’NEILL, 13.Stefan MAUK, 14.George MELLS, 25.Rahmat AKBARI, 26.Jay O’SHEA
Attackers: 7.Jai INGHAM, 9.Roy O'DONOVAN, 20.Aaron AMADI-HOLLOWAY, 23.Dylan WENZEL-HALLS