New Head Coach Robbie Fowler says he’s loving his start to life at Brisbane Roar following the commencement of pre-season at the Club’s City of Logan training base this week.
The Head Coach, who has already locked in ten new signings, has wasted no time in getting preparations underway ahead of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.
“I love it, it’s been a long time getting over here and getting onto the pitch has been special,” Fowler said.
“We’re working with a great bunch of lads, the attitude and the ambition of everyone has been first class so I can’t be any happier with it to be honest.”
Fowler added he is aiming to set the standard within the playing group, which includes a raft of fresh faces, early ahead of the new Hyundai A-League season.
“The expectations are that we want to be as professional as we can, to be ambitious, and we want to give them a little bit of focus and a little bit of ownership to themselves as well,” Fowler continued.
“It is about the getting the right players in, getting the attitude and the mentality right. So far, it’s early into the tenure but I’m so delighted with the way everything’s turned out,” Fowler said.
The Roar will take on NPL QLD outfit Redlands United at Logan Sports Complex for their first pre-season fixture on Saturday, 13 July (3pm KO) before facing Brisbane City a week later.
A pre-season camp in Gladstone, which includes a pre-season clash against a Gladstone Select side at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday, 27 July, is also on the agenda ahead of the new campaign’s first competitive fixture - an FFA Cup Round of 32 tie against Sydney FC at Leichhardt Oval on Wednesday, 7 August.
Fowler says he’s looking forward to testing his side as the squad continue to build ahead of the new season.
“We’ll get in a little bit of a base with fitness at training, but you want to get them to play a game and understand the way you want to play,” Fowler continued.
“The professionalism has been brilliant and I think the sooner we play games and the sooner the players understand what myself and the coaching staff want here, the better. The games can’t come quick enough for me.”