Centre-back Luke DeVere is set to become only the sixth defender to reach 100 Hyundai A-League appearances for Brisbane Roar.
DeVere, who is in his sixth season at the Roar, is in line to play his milestone match when he takes the field at Westpac Stadium on Saturday afternoon against Wellington Phoenix (4:35pm KO).
The 28-year-old debuted for the Roar in the opening round of the 2008-09 Hyundai A-League season, and after having spent a lengthy stint abroad, the key defender is excited to be one game away from the milestone.
“I’m excited for it. Playing 100 games at the one club for me is a nice achievement, but I think the team has more to focus on in terms of getting a positive result on Saturday,” DeVere said.
The Roar are remaining upbeat despite a couple of disappointing results and have taken confidence from a much-improved performance in the second-half of last Sunday’s fixture against the Jets.
“We’re positive about our second half, we did a lot of things right, looked a lot more threatening and were hungrier for the ball,” DeVere added.
Following an interrupted pre-season, DeVere says the players will be better for the opening three matches and believes it’s only a matter of time before the Roar’s fortunes turn around.
With a number of players in line to return in the coming rounds, more competition for places can only prove beneficial for John Aloisi's squad.
“There are just a few small things that we need to adjust and fix. We’re confident that it's only small margins we’re off by,” DeVere said.
“Once everyone is in, fit and settled, we’re more than confident of dealing with whatever opposition sides throw at us.
“It gives you a lot of belief that the results we have been getting can’t stay the same. These players won’t accept it, this squad is full of winners."
DeVere was impressed by the performance of debutant Eric Bautheac who has quickly gelled into the Club after arriving in Australia only a week ago.
Bautheac played the opening 45 minutes and looked impressive on the ball.
“His pedigree speaks for itself. He came off a flight a couple of days before the game and produced what he did for 45 minutes in a team where he didn’t really known anyone, or doesn’t really speak the language,” DeVere said.
“I thought it was a very positive start from him.”