Franjic backs Roar to turn fortunes around
Returning Hyundai A-League Championship-winner Ivan Franjic is confident the Roar can make season 2017/18 a successful one.
The Club yesterday announced the return of fan-favourite Franjic, who played 115 matches over five season for the Roar, featuring in all three of the Roar’s Hyundai A-League Championship successes.
Following his first training session back on Friday morning, Franjic says returning to Brisbane brings back some great memories.
“I spent five years here and it became my second home,” he said.
“It’s been great coming back. I have so many good memories here, made a lot of good friendships and I’m really enjoying being back.
The Australian international won’t feature in the squad for this weekend’s match but is confident a win is all that’s needed to get the Roar heading in the right direction.
Brisbane will be searching for that win against the seventh-placed Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium tomorrow night (6:50pm KO QLD time).
An established rivalry has developed between the two sides, forged with finals meetings against one another in the past two seasons.
“There is a lot of talented players here in Brisbane and I have been very impressed with their positive attitudes,” Franjic said.
“I do believe that this team can go a long way this season – why put a limit on what you can achieve?
“It’s just a matter of getting a win on the board and we’ll go up from there. We were 3-0 down against Wellington, came back to 3-3 and should have won. That shows the character of the boys here.
“We’ve been a bit unlucky. We get one win and I think the boys will fly again.”
The focus for the versatile fullback, who netted 11 Hyundai A-League goals in his five seasons at the Roar, is getting back on the pitch for Brisbane and doing his bit for the team.
“The main thing for me right is to get back on the pitch for Brisbane Roar, play consistently and help the team,” Franjic said.
“We have a lot of great people at the club and I believe I still have a lot to learn from them.”
Hyundai A-League 2017/18: Round 6 - Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne
Saturday, 11 November
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Jason GERIA, 4.Rhys WILLIAMS, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Kenny ATHIU, 8.Besart BERISHA, 14.Thomas DENG, 15.Cameron McGILP, 16.Josh HOPE, 18.Matias SANCHEZ, 19.Pierce WARING, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22.Stefan NIGRO, 23.Jai INGHAM, 41.Leroy GEORGE
Ins: 6.Leigh BROXHAM (promoted), 8.Besart BERISHA (returns from suspension)
Outs: 5.Mark MILLIGAN (international duty), 11.Mitch AUSTIN (suspended)
Unavailable: 17.James DONACHIE (quad), 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES (international duty), 10.James TROISI (international duty), 31.Christian THEOHAROUS (Young Socceroos)
Brisbane Roar FC squad: 6.Avram PAPADOPOULOS, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 10.Brett HOLMAN, 11.Corey GAMEIRO, 13.Jade NORTH, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 16.Mitchell OXBORROW, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 18.Joe CALETTI, 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 22.Eric BAUTHEAC, 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 27.Adam SAWYER, 31.Brendan WHITE (gk), 33.Petros SKAPETIS
Ins: 18.Joe CALETTI (promoted), 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO (promoted), 27. Adam SAWYER (promoted)
Outs: 2.Dane INGHAM (international duty – 2 weeks)
Unavailable: 1.Michael THEO (gk) (finger – 2-4 weeks), 3.Luke DEVERE (knee – 10 weeks), 4.Daniel BOWLES (knee – TBC), 5.Corey BROWN (hamstring – 4-weeks), 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN (hamstring – 2 weeks), 20.Shannon BRADY (broken foot – TBC)