Roar ready for Rochedale

As the Brisbane Roar squad prepares for the training fixture against Rochedale Rovers tomorrow night, versatile defender Matt Mundy has backed his former club to provide the Hyundai A-League champions with a real challenge on the field.

As the Brisbane Roar squad prepares for the training fixture against Rochedale Rovers tomorrow night, versatile defender Matt Mundy has backed his former club to provide the Hyundai A-League champions with a real challenge on the field.

Mundy played two seasons at Underwood Park before signing as a Brisbane Roar player in the inaugural National Youth League season and has since stepped up to fill a role in the club-s Hyundai A-League squad, providing Head Coach Ange Postecoglou with a reliable, defensive option at his disposal.

Rochedale were the 2010 BPL league title winners before only narrowly losing out in the grand final 1-0 to Wynnum Wolves.

This time around, the Tim Brown-coached side are in a tense battle for second spot, 14 points behind runaway leaders Wolves, but have scored 45 goals after 19 rounds of competition - the third highest tally in the league.

The 24-year-old has been impressive in his role in the back four throughout the early stages of Brisbane-s pre-season campaign and is looking forward to a tough test against his former teammates in tomorrow-s clash.

“Luke (Brattan) and I went back on Friday and saw our old coach there,” Mundy said.

“It will be great to go back and see the boys we used to play with and catch up with them, I always check the paper to see how they are going.

“I-m expecting a big performance from them tomorrow night.”

With almost a game per week until the Hyundai A-League season kicks off in early October, Mundy highlighted the importance of pre-season fixtures in the squad-s pursuit of full fitness and match sharpness.

“The pre-season games are great because we can put into practice what we-re doing on the training field into a game situation,” the Canberra-born player said.

“We-ve been working on a few new rotations and formations, we-re working hard to try and perfect them for the start of the season and it-s all starting to come together.”

Brisbane Roar take on Brisbane Premier League club Rochedale Rovers tomorrow night, Wednesday 27 July, at Underwood Park. Kick-off is at 7pm with player signings from 5-5.50pm. Entry is free.

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