Milestone man Corey Brown says there’s a notable desire to instil a bit of Queensland spirit into the Roar squad under new Head Coach Warren Moon.
Brown, a proud Queenslander who rose through the Roar’s youth ranks, is in contention for his 100th Hyundai A-League fixture for the Club in Sydney tomorrow night.
The versatile defender, who returned to the Club in January, says he’s enjoying his time under the new Head Coach.
“I grew up in Brisbane and came through the youth system here, had some great times, won two Championships and a Gary Wilkins Medal so I’m extremely proud to be playing by 100th game tomorrow night – against Victory as well just so it be,” Brown said.
“Warren has come in brilliantly and brought a bit of that Queensland spirit in to the team which is something I’m very passionate about and I’m enjoying it so far.
“It’s something that the new boss has really instilled in us. It’s something I can definitely get around being a passionate Queenslander myself…it’s something very close to me and something we need to keep building on.”
Wednesday night’s clash with the Victory will be the second in charge for Moon as the Roar look to reaffirm their finals credentials with less than a handful of games remaining.
“If we’re serious about what we’re doing then we want to win every game. Those good sides in the top six are going to be there in the run home so what a great time to start: this Wednesday, get three points and build some confidence from it,” Moon said.
The new Head Coach mirrored his milestone defender’s sentiments in the importance of instilling a unique Queensland flavour into the team’s style.
“We’re a one-team State and I believe in engaging our fans and communities and I believe in the talent we have in Queensland,” Moon added.
“Through our club now you can see there’s a real Queensland feel to what we’re trying to achieve. We wanted to engage our community and playing a brand of football that people can connect with.
“We’ll start with that – a little more of what we consider a Queensland mentality in our games.”
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Hyundai A-League 2019/20: Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar
Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta
Wednesday, 29 July
Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 4.James DONACHIE, 6.Leigh BROXHAM (c), 7.Kenny ATHIU, 9.Andrew NABBOUT, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 15.Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO, 16.Josh HOPE, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 18.Migjen BASHA, 21.Adama TRAORE, 23.Marco ROJAS, 24.Anthony LESIOTIS, 25.Brandon LAUTON, 26.Jay BARNETT, 30.Matthew SUTTON (gk), 31.Aaron ANDERSON, 32.So Nishikawa, 43.Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO **2-4 to be omitted**
In: 7.Kenny ATHIU (promoted), 30. Matthew SUTTON (gk)(promoted), 32. So NISHIKAWA (promoted)
Out: 20.Lawrence Thomas (released)
Unavailable: 5.Tim HOOGLAND (released), 8.Jakob POULSEN (released), 10.Robbie KRUSE (knee - season), 11.Ola TOIVONEN (released),
Brisbane Roar squad: 1.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 2.Scott NEVILLE, 3.Corey BROWN, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Tom ALDRED (c), 6.Macaulay GILLESPHEY, 7.Jai INGHAM, 8.Danny KIM, 10.Bradden INMAN, 12.Matthew RIDENTON, 14.George MELLS, 19.Jack HINGERT, 20.Aaron AMADI-HOLLOWAY, 21.Jamie YOUNG, 23.Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, 26.Jay O’SHEA, 27.Kai TREWIN, 29.Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, 30.Mirza MURATOVIC, 77.Scott MCDONALD **2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 1.Max CROCOMBE (promoted), 14.George MELLS (promoted), 27.Kai TREWIN (promoted)
Outs: 31.Macklin FREKE (not selected)
Unavailable: 22.Jake McGING (knee)
Referee: Alex King
Assistant Referee 1: Scott Edeling
Assistant Referee 2: Kearney Robinson
Fourth Official: Katie Paterson
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 507 from 7:30pm (AEST) and Sky Sport 7 (New Zealand), Kayo Sports (www.kayosports.com.au) and MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers
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