Roar sign duo on scholarship

Brisbane Roar has continued its mission to provide aspiring young footballers with chances to live out their footballing dreams with the addition of two new scholarship players.

Talented young midfielders Jay Barnett and Bryce Bafford will join the Roar on Hyundai A-League scholarships after arriving at the Club from the Australian Institute of Sport.

Football Director Craig Moore says these young footballers will be great additions to our Young Roar and Hyundai A-League squads and is delighted to welcome them to the Roar family.

"Brisbane Roar are continuing to cast the net far and wide in its search for talented, young footballers," Moore said.

"The Club wants to be the home of the best developing players that Queensland has to offer, but are actively scouting across the country."


Bafford, 16, has walked in the footsteps of 19-year-old Brisbane midfielder Joe Caletti after being named as captain of the Australian Under-17 squad.

Caletti skippered the side at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup in Argentina.

Barnett, also 16, was named in the Young Socceroos squad for upcoming AFC Under-19 Championships qualifying matches, to be played in Hanoi, Vietnam, alongside Young Roar teammates Aaron Reardon, Kai Trewin and Macklin Freke.

The duo will have the opportunity to train with the Hyundai A-League side as well as being involved with the Youth side in the upcoming Foxtel National Youth League this summer.

Brisbane Roar FC Hyundai A-League 2017/18 Squad:

Goalkeepers: Michael Theo, Jamie Young

Defenders: Daniel Bowles, Corey Brown, Luke DeVere, Jack Hingert, Jade North, Connor O’Toole, Avram Papadopoulos

Midfielders: Joe Caletti, Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen, Matt McKay (c), Mitchell Oxborrow, Jacob Pepper

Attackers: Eric Bautheac, Shannon Brady, Nick D’Agostino, Corey Gameiro, Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Massimo Maccarone, Petros Skapetis

Scholarship players: Emilio Martinez, Dane Ingham, Jay Barnett, Bryce Bafford