Roar coaches busy in players' break

The players may be in the midst of a seven-week hiatus from football but the same cannot be said of the Brisbane Roar coaching staff.

The players may be in the midst of a seven-week hiatus from football but the same cannot be said of the Brisbane Roar coaching staff.

In particular, assistant coach and football conditioning coach Ken Stead has been putting in the long hours at the Ballymore headquarters to ensure the conditioning program for the beginning of pre-season is set in stone by the time the players return in just over five weeks.

He-s worked very closely with new Head Coach Rado Vidosic to fine tune the details, also consulting with Head Physiotherapist Tim Oostenbroek and nutritionist Kerry Leech to work out the logistics in terms of injury prevention and nutrition.

“I think the main thing is making sure things are ready for them when they get back,” Stead said.

“They get back on July 9 and we will hit the ground running.

“I-ve sat down with Rado to go through our training program and what we are going to do on the pitch a day-to-day basis.

“We-ve basically organised our program for the first six weeks so we know how we-re going to progress.

“Each pre-season has to be better than the last - the preparation has to be better; we have to be more professional.”

It is clear Stead is upping the ante on his side of the bargain, employing a full-time football scientist to work closely with him in their newly-organised football science centre.

Matt Conwell, who was involved on a part-time basis last season, will fill the position and will play a key part in Stead-s preparation for the pre-season, including purchasing the relevant equipment and setting up the centre before the playing group returns.

Stead-s role will not change from previous years, with the Scotsman continuing to assist the Head Coach while developing the conditioning program that has served the team so well over the past two seasons.

With Ange Postecoglou departing as Head Coach in April and Vidosic stepping into the senior role, Stead is currently his only assistant but he is adamant that will change very soon.

“I have a double title, football conditioning coach but also assistant coach,” he said.

“Once we bring in another coach - which we will - my role won-t have to change.

“I-ve always been involved in the assistant coach-s position and I-ve always been involved in the conditioning.

“I think the players will feel a lot better once we readdress the balance and have the three coaches because they-re used to seeing three of us.

“We definitely want to make sure we have an assistant coach here before pre-season starts to make sure the person is here from day one.”

Stead-s workload isn-t limited to the Brisbane area and as of tomorrow will embark on a whirlwind month filled with football commitments.

On Friday, he-ll go into camp with the Qantas Young Socceroos squad - likely to be one of his last involvements with the national team due to his hectic schedule - before treating wife Janice to a week-long holiday in Barcelona.

From there, Stead will travel to north to Amsterdam for a five-day seminar with the top conditioning coaches from around the world before joining Vidosic and Brisbane Roar General Manager Sean Dobson in Belgium to meet with fellow Bakrie Group-owned club CS Vise.

“Roberto, who is head of their program, he came over recently and saw a bit of what we do so we-ll go over and see a bit of what they do,” he said.

“That will be a starting point for a lot of communication within the organisation.

“There are a lot of clever people and some really good ideas on both sides of the fence so it-ll just be about using every one properly.

“The bond will get stronger, that-s for sure.”

As always, the club will play against local clubs in the build-up to the next Hyundai A-League season with Stead revealing the possibility of a fixture against an international club, if an agreement can be reached.