Bryce signs for Brisbane

Brisbane Roar’s latest signing Steven Bryce believes the club are languishing at the wrong end of the ladder after finishing his first training session with the squad at Ballymore Stadium.

Brisbane Roar-s latest signing Steven Bryce believes the club are languishing at the wrong end of the ladder after finishing his first training session with the squad at Ballymore Stadium.

The Costa Rican attacking midfielder competed strongly in the small-sided, light session and was immediately impressed with the qualities of his new teammates.

“I think the (the Roar) is a team with a great future,” Bryce said.

“There are very good young players ... and players with more age who are very good.

“It-s just the team is not in a position it is supposed to be.

“But the future still belongs to us, there are still four games and anything can happen.”

At home on either side of the midfield or sitting just behind the strikers, Bryce-s attacking versatility will be a massive advantage to a Roar side still in the hunt for a top six finish.

And with only four games left in the season, the 32 year-old has vowed to do all he can to help the club secure it-s finals future.

“I-m a midfielder, I can go back and up and I touch the (penalty) area also,” he said.

“But I think it-s not the best for me but the best for the team.

“I just want to practice hard so I can have the opportunity to play and then I-ll play where the coach wants me to play.”

Boasting a career which includes successful stints in Europe, championship medals in Costa Rica and an international record of 80 caps, Bryce will add experience and flair to the Roar-s attacking spine.

Despite the pressure which comes with his pedigree and arrival at a crucial stage in the club-s season, Bryce was confident of overcoming the pressure of expectation.

“I-ve been playing many number of years and the pressure is always at the beginning, in the middle and at the end,” he said.

“I think it is the player who has to know how to assimilate and try to just play and have fun.

“I just came to be one of the squad and to give to the team.”

A good friend of Melbourne Victory-s Carlo Hernandez, Bryce said it was a quiet word from Hernandez and the help of god which brought him to Brisbane.

“I don-t consider myself religious but I just have a personal relationship with god,” Bryce said.

“He is the god of opportunity and this is a great opportunity.

“I just wish that he would help me to give my best here.”

Bryce has signed for the remainder of the season.

In other news, Scottish defender Bob Malcolm has left the Roar with the player and the club mutually deciding to terminate the remainder of his contract.

Steven Bryce

Facts

Full Name: Stevens Jose Bryce Valerio

Nationality: Costa Rican

Place of Birth: San Jose, Costa Rica

Date of Birth: 16.08.1977

Age: 32

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Height: 1.71 Metres

Career

97/00 - Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica)

00/05 - Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Costa Rica)

05/06 - Anorhtosis Famagusta FC (Cyprus)

05/06 - OFI Crete (Greece)

07 - Club Deportivo Marathon (Honduras)

07/08 - Club Deportivo Motagua (Honduras)

09 - University of Costa Rica FC (Costa Rica)

International

80 caps - Costa Rica

10 goals