Collen gets into groove

New Brisbane Roar signing Pieter Collen has overcome jet lag and the Queensland heat to make an instant impact on the training field at Ballymore stadium.

New Brisbane Roar signing Pieter Collen has overcome jet lag and the Queensland heat to make an instant impact on the training field at Ballymore stadium.

Feeling welcomed and relaxed on his second day of training, the vocal Belgian defender was right at home barking orders from the defence.

“I try to talk a lot and give instructions ... I learnt (being vocal) in Holland, it-s normal over there,” Collen said.

“But I think (the Roar) is a good team, there are no troubles between players.

“I-ve been welcomed really, really nice and everything is going smoothly.”

Deployed as a centre-back throughout the session, Collen looked comfortable calling the shots from the back.

And despite only arriving 48 hours prior, Collen was already impressed with the squad-s style of play under coach Ange Postecoglou.

“They are trying to play football, not only long balls,” he said.

“And I like it, because it-s better and nicer to play football and create chances like that.

“And I think the players want to and have the possibility, the qualities, to do that.”

But despite the seamless transition into the Roar backline, Collen-s real test awaits in the form of the Hyundai A-League.

And the versatile defender admitted he would need to use all his skill and experience to help his new team secure three points against Newcastle.

“It is football, so if you give 100 percent and afterwards, (you-re) maybe dead, but it-s no problem,” he said.

“I think the style of play is a little bit like England, pretty physical, there are a lot of big boys.

“But if the national team reaches the World Cup, there has to be talent in Australia, so I think the level is high enough.”

Collen refused to speculate whether he would make his debut this Saturday night against the Jets, preferring to put in the hard yards and work for his spot.

“I-m doing the best I can, I give 100 percent even in training,” he said. “But it-s up to coach, and if he sees I-m good enough then I-ll play I guess.”

Keen to make an immediate impact, Collen stayed behind after training to work with Sergio van Dijk, Matt McKay and Michael Zullo on crossing and finishing moves.

Saturday night-s match against Newcastle Jets kicks off at 8pm at Suncorp Stadium. Tickets are available through Ticketek, click here for details.