Roar to face Wanderers in pre-season hit-out

Brisbane Roar will play a pre-season fixture against Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday, 29 July behind closed doors at CBUS Super Stadium at Robina.

With the Wanderers currently completing a training camp on the Gold Coast, the Roar will launch their pre-season with a highly competitive match at a top quality venue in CBUS Super Stadium.

The Roar’s last competitive fixture was against the Wanderers in the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League Preliminary Final in April.

On his 21st Birthday, Brisbane young gun Brandon Borrello says the match will be a perfect opportunity for the team to test their progress after the first few weeks of pre-season.

“The boys are really excited for this game,” Borrello said.

“We have a couple of games coming up that will test our fitness but the boys have been doing really well at training and we’ve been working hard.

“We enjoyed our off-season break and now we’re back getting ready for another Hyundai A-league champaign.”

Brandon Borrello

The hit-out will also provide invaluable match fitness ahead of Brisbane’s Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 clash with Perth Glory at Ballymore Stadium on August 10th (7:30pm kick-off).

Whilst the tie will be played almost two months before the commencement for the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League Season, Borrello says that squad will treat the clash with the Glory as they would any other competitive fixture.

“We want to make a good impression on the boss (Head Coach John Aloisi) from day one," said Borrello

"We’re all going to give 100% and this game gives us an opportunity to implement the structures we've been working on at training.

“We’re all keen to show what we’ve learnt over the past couple of weeks and build upon the foundation that was laid last season."

Brandon Borrello

The elevation of a number of players from Brisbane’s Young Roar team has seen competition intensify for places within the squad.

After playing 22 games and scoring six goals during Brisbane’s 2015/16 Hyundai A-League season, Borrello is looking to make the most of the opportunities he is given.

 “Football is a game of opportunities and if a window opens up then I want to take that opportunity,” he said.

“I’m at a great stage of my career where I’m still learning and taking everything on board. 

“I just want to improve on last season.

I believe I have set a good platform for myself, now it's about making sure that I help the team and the club be successful on the field.”

The club’s official twitter account will provide live updates during Friday’s match against the Wanderers.