All Star North included to face Juventus

Brisbane Roar defender Jade North has been announced as a late inclusion in this year’s Foxtel A-League All Stars squad to face European powerhouse Juventus FC in two weeks.

Brisbane Roar defender Jade North has been announced as a late inclusion in this year’s Foxtel A-League All Stars squad to face European powerhouse Juventus FC in two weeks.

He joins club teammates Thomas Broich and Matt Smith in Josep Gombau’s 20-man squad, meaning the Hyundai A-League’s best defensive partnership will have the opportunity to test themselves against the might of the Serie A Champions.

North and Smith were formidable in their central defensive partnership throughout their club’s victorious 2013/14 season, conceding less than a goal per game on the way to Brisbane’s Premiership and Championship double.  

“It has come as a surprise but I’m looking forward to the experience,” North said.

“Obviously Smithy and I have got a good understanding of each other’s play and hopefully we get the chance to test our partnership against Juventus.

“We’ve got a big season coming up at Brisbane Roar and this is a good opportunity to build my match fitness in pre-season and work alongside some different players.”

North is no stranger to international football, having represented Australia 41 times at senior level as well as playing professionally in South Korea, Norway and Japan before joining the Roar in January 2013.

The three Brisbane Roar players will go into camp with the Foxtel A-League All Stars in Wollongong this Friday, 1 August before the match against Juventus at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, 10 August.