Each day this week, we will be announcing our Brisbane Roar Academy teams for 2020.
Since its inception at the beginning of 2018, the Brisbane Roar Academy has proven itself to be one of the most productive football pathways in Australia with a long list of Academy graduates earning professional contracts.
All players play in age groups a year older with players from across Queensland forming our squads for 2020.
Incredibly, 13 local Queensland clubs will be represented in our Under 15 squad in 2020, with players from 10 also being selected in our Under 16 squad.
Francesco Zanoncelli will lead the Under 15 squads with Sam Gahan as his assistant, while the Under 16 squad will be lead by Head Coach Paul Gomez & assistant Jordan Leatherdale.
Congratulations to all player selected in our BRFC Academy 2020 U15 & U16 squads.
BRISBANE ROAR ACADEMY U15 SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Cardiff PONDS (Lions FC), Flynn PROCTOR (SWQ Thunder)
Defenders: Cher DENG (Lions FC), Connor MCCARTHY, Isiah QUINN (Olympic FC), Joe SAUNDERS (Gold Coast Knights), Liam TAN (Brisbane City), Declan TURNER (Olympic FC),
Midfielders: Tate BALDWIN (Gold Coast United), Ty COBB (Redlands), Luca DAMIANAKIS (Manly United FC), Cyrus MALASKIMWA (Brisbane Strikers)
Attackers: Freddy BABBAGE (Olympic FC), Kade MACDOUGALL (Sunshine Coast Wanderers), Maddox SKERMAN (Rochedale Rovers), Jhairah TAYLOR (Wide Bay Buccaneers)
BRISBANE ROAR ACADEMY U16 SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Lachlan DUKE (Gold Coast City), Cardiff PONDS (Lions FC)
Defenders: Nathan CORT (Gold Coast United), Damon GORRELL, Diesel HERRINGTON (Brisbane City), Alexander KIERS (SWQ Thunder), Andrew MCLEOD (Olympic FC), Luka MIRKOVIC (Western Pride)
Midfielders: George EARWICKER (Gold Coast City), Flynn FAULKNER (Sunshine Coast Fire), Sam KLEIN (Sunshine Coast Fire), Jacob MCGUCKIN (Gold Coast United), Ryley UTTLEY (Gold Coast United)
Attackers: Juslyn DENIS (Rochedale Rovers), Fernando NASH (Gold Coast City), Finn WAGNER (Gold Coast United)
“It’s a Queensland-first approach – we want to have a real Queensland from our coaching staff to how we cater for our players,” Academy General Manager Warren Moon said.
“Our players receive terrific coaching in their Club environments, but our environment will allow to them to develop upon the support they’ve received & skills they’ve developed at their clubs.