Appointments leave Roar in good stead

Brisbane Roar’s players will remain in experienced hands for the foreseeable future following the recent additions of Ken Stead and Tim Oostenbroek to the club’s support staff.

Brisbane Roar-s players will remain in experienced hands for the foreseeable future following the recent additions of Ken Stead and Tim Oostenbroek to the club-s support staff.

Stead takes on a dual role of assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach, while Oostenbroek will fill the role of head physio, recently vacated by long-term club servant Tony Ganter.

Both appointments bring an array of football experience to the club, with the pair coming directly from the Queensland Academy of Sport after having been heavily involved in the sport throughout their respective careers.

Stead, who has a degree in human movement studies, boasts a distinguished résumé which includes experience with English Championship outfit Coventry City, Qatari club Al Wakra and the Socceroos.

Now with the Roar, Stead will work in tandem with Rado Vidosic to provide support to head coach Ange Postecoglou.

In the strength and conditioning role, the Scotsman said he was looking to decrease the number of injuries by developing a new pre-season plan which included more football-specific training.

“With traditional Australian conditioning, you spend four months at the start of the season and you don-t touch the ball many times,” Stead said.

“With me it-ll be with the ball from day one. It-ll still be hard work, but it-ll be specific. “

Stead said the new philosophy, which was beginning to emerge in the UK, Holland and France, would make pre-season training more enjoyable for the players as well as providing practical benefits.

“I think they-ll love it,” he said. “Any of the players I-ve worked with, no matter their level of experience, have adapted to it very well.

“Obviously you can-t prevent contact injuries but we-ll definitely decrease other injuries and in terms of making the guys so much fitter, yeah definitely.”

Oostenbroek, meanwhile, has had to hit the ground running since joining the club with a number of niggles to deal with at the midway point of the season.

However, the Indooroopilly-based physio will call on his own impressive experience to keep the squad up and running.

A master-s degree in physiotherapy - specialising in sports injuries - is coupled with experience with the Australian under-17s and the national futsal team.

Oostenbroek said he was looking forward to a new challenge with the Roar.

“It-s great to be on board and working with an elite club,” he said.

“I-m really looking forward to the challenge and helping the boys stay on the park and hopefully bring it home at the end of the season.”

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