Following an excellent month for the Young Roar in the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues Queensland, including recent victories over Moreton Bay United FC and Redlands United FC, the team has gathered great momentum heading into the second half of the 2016 season.
As a further indication of the strength, competitiveness of the PS4 NPL QLD and developmental pathway that the competition can provide young footballers, seven members of the Young Roar squad have been handed the opportunity to continue their development.
In preparation for the 2016-17 Hyundai A-League season, the seven players listed below will now be given the opportunity to showcase their abilities in pre-season with the Brisbane Roar senior squad.
- Joe Caletti
- Joseph Champness
- Nicholas D'Agostino
- Nathan Konstandopoulos
- Connor O'Toole
- Jayden Prasad
- Mark Rodic
The list includes 2016 Young Roar leading goal-scorer Nick D'Agostino and players who have transitioned from other PS4 NPL QLD clubs such as Joseph Champness (below) (Moreton Bay United FC) and Jayden Prasad (above) (Redlands United FC).
Brisbane Roar Youth Head Coach Josh McCloughan says it's great to see young players who have come through the Young Roar and NPL systems progressing to the next level.
"The NPL continues to provide a great pathway for the development of our players. The selected players have been given an opportunity now to impress in the [Hyundai] A-League pre-season," McCloughan said.
Now with the seven players immediately taking a well earned break, McCloughan has started the process of recruiting young footballers for the remainder of the PS4 NPL QLD season and the upcoming Foxtel National Youth League campaign.
"Now that they've moved up, we're looking for the next generation of players from not only the NPL but from the wider-Brisbane and Queensland football communities.
"We want the best young Queensland footballers playing for our club and developing in our environment."
McCloughan also today announced the signing of Western Pride FC young talent Hayden McHenery. The 19-year-old midfielder has made 12 appearances for Western Pride FC in the 2016 PS4 NPL QLD season and impressed in his trial with the Young Roar squad.
"He came in and trialled and did really well and now he will be given an opportunity to develop and progress in our environment," McCloughan said.
As a further indication of Brisbane Roar's strong relationship with PS4 NPL QLD clubs, players from Gold Coast City FC and Moreton Bay United FC are currently on trial with the Young Roar as we continue looking for the next generation of young footballers.