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Holman out for 6 weeks

Tweeted by Vince Rugari -

"Big blow for Brisbane Roar: Brett Holman had surgery on his injured knee this week. Out for 6 weeks."

https://twitter.com/VinceRugari/status/804154323013799936

Ipswich-based Western Pride poised to join A-League expansion fight

Ipswich-based Western Pride poised to join A-League expansion fight

http://www.news.com.au/sport/football/ipswichbased-western-pride-poised-to-join-aleague-expansion-fight/news-story/11bf21adf44f99f97fcfd397d14d89ad

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While the Strikers have made no secret of their intention to be part of an expanded A-League, the Pride have gone about their business quietly as they wait for Football Federation Australia to unveil the criteria bidders must satisfy. Those criteria will reportedly be released early next year, and that?s when the Pride will make a final decision on whether to formally apply to join Brisbane Roar in flying Queensland?s flag in the national competition. ?We?d love to be part of the A-League but only if we can sustain it, and until we see the criteria, we won?t know,? Pride general manager Pat Boyle said.

But there?s no doubt the Pride are making plans. Boyle said influential Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale had helped secure wealthy potential investors.The Pride are also conducting a feasibility study in determining where their potential home ground should be. A boutique Springfield stadium and a redeveloped North Ipswich Reserve have been identified as two possibilities.Boyle said Suncorp Stadium, the home of the Roar and where Strikers chairman Bruce Atterton-Evan

A-League expansion latest news: Auckland City to put their hands up for a spot

A-League expansion latest news: Auckland City to put their hands up for a spot in the A-League

Source: AAP

PLENTY of interested parties have thrown their name into the hat as talk of A-League expansion grows louder by the day. But now a new candidate has emerged.

Oceania powerhouses Auckland City FC will put their hands up to join the A-League, but only if they have support from Football Federation Australia.

New Zealand?s most successful club is taking initial soundings to join another Kiwi club, Wellington Phoenix, in the Australian competition. Auckland might be outside the square of FFA?s current thinking, given the previous difficulties of the New Zealand Knights, which folded after two unsuccessful A-League campaigns in 2007.

With a population of 1.5 million ? the biggest untapped market in the region ? Auckland has a powerhouse club ready to join the A-League.

Next month, City head to Japan to attend their eighth FIFA Club World Cup off the back of a sixth-straight continental success.

Auckland City FC chairman Ivan Vuksich says the club was keen to test themselves in the A-League.

?We?d obviously like to be involved but it?s been difficult to pick up when they?re calling for expressions of interest,? he told AAP.

?We keep hearing they?re looking at a 2018/19 entry and that?s quite a way off.

?We?ve made some tentative enquiries and talked to funders b

Jamie Maclaren rejects Brisbane Roar offer

JAMIE Maclaren?s Brisbane Roar future is in extreme doubt after he rejected the club?s bid to re-sign him.

The Socceroos striker is off contract at the end of the season, and having had their offer spurned, the Roar could seek to sell Maclaren in January to ensure he doesn?t leave the club for nothing.

The former Tottenham, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Celtic forward recently announced that he was leaving LA Galaxy after six years with the Major League Soccer club.

Dominguez, already disappointed with the amount offered by the Roar to Maclaren to stay in Brisbane, was further dismayed by the possibility of Keane?s arrival, believing it will lead to his client being benched, and therefore stalling his career at club and national team level.

?It?s a disgusting offer ? and it?s highly disrespectful,? Dominguez said of the multi-year contract the Roar presented to Maclaren.

?He?d be the lowest paid of any of the top strikers in the A-League.

?And then for the club to be interested in Robbie Keane, it?s an insult to a kid (Maclaren) who scored 20 goals last season.?

Roar managing director Mark Kingsman said there was room to manoeuvre if Dominguez was interested.

?In any negotiations, normally the club makes an offer, the agent wants a higher amount and you meet somewhere in the middle,? Kingsman said.

?The work our coach John Aloisi has put into Jamie has turned him into a bett

Brisbane Roar target Keane

From our friends at SBS...  http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/article/2016/11/22/aloisi-friendship-key-brisbane-roar-target-keane

Ireland star Robbie Keane has emerged as a high-profile Brisbane Roar target, with coach John Aloisi hoping a friendship forged during a stint together at Coventry City could seal the deal for the veteran striker.

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Brisbane Roar will wait to see how Jamie Maclaren pulls up after Socceroos duty

Brisbane Roar will wait to see how Jamie Maclaren pulls up after Socceroos duty

Marco Monteverde, The Courier-Mail
November 17, 2016 8:46pm

BRISBANE coach John Aloisi is set to decide on Friday whether to rush returning Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren back into the Roar line-up for Saturday night?s ?State of Origin? encounter against Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium.

Maclaren arrived home on Wednesday night after starting in the Socceroos? disappointing 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw against Thailand in a hot and steamy Bangkok the previous evening.

The 23-year-old forward fronted for Roar training on Thursday, but Aloisi said how Maclaren felt after Friday?s session could determine whether he starts against the Sydneysiders.

Maclaren, who played for almost an hour against the Thais before being substituted, admitted post-match he was unsure whether he would be right for tomorrow night.

?It?s always good when you?ve been with the national team, and my focus has been all this, and now the game?s over, I?ll (gather) my thoughts and I?ll go back to Brisbane and maybe play on Saturday night,? he said.

The Roar will definitely be without winger Brandon Borrello, who will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a hamstring problem.

Borrello was recalled to Brisbane?s starting XI last Friday night in the Roar?s 1-1 away draw with Adelaide United in a forced reshuffle to the forward line
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