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Polenz to go next?

A-League: Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi puts Jerome Polenz in his place

MARCO MONTEVERDE@marcothejournoThe Courier-Mail

A FRUSTRATED Jerome Polenz was put in his place by Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi on Monday as doubts emerge whether the German fullback will see out his contract with the three-time A-League champions.

Understood to have requested a meeting with Aloisi over his lack of game time this season, Polenz and the Roar boss had an animated and heated discussion in the middle of the pitch after training.

Clearly aggrieved about playing just 75 minutes over four matches and being left out entirely of Brisbane?s 16-man squad for last Saturday?s 3-0 weekend win over Adelaide United, Polenz went head-to-head with Aloisi for at least 20 minutes.

But, as expected, Aloisi seemed to emerge the winner in the argument.

The Roar coach would not comment when asked later about the confrontation, preferring it stayed between him and Polenz, who is contracted with the Roar until 2017.

However, the former German youth international is perhaps heading towards an early exit as it?s doubtful he will accept being nothing more than a squad player. Having been signed by Brisbane?s ex-football director Ken Stead and on the Roar?s books before the arrival of Aloisi, Polenz doesn?t suit the Roar?s style of play this season.

Jack Hingert, for so long the fall guy in the selection stakes, has clearly

Borrello could be lost

Is this a case of the new regime being asleep at the wheel, complete indifference, poor grasp of football economics or who is Borrello?


Brisbane Roar: Young gun Brandon Borrello still on youth deal
November 1, 2015 8:00pm

Brisbane Roar & John Aloisi 'expecting Arnie mind games'

BRISBANE Roar?s failure last season to secure Brandon Borrello to a long-term deal has left them vulnerable to a poaching raid for one of the A-League?s hottest prospects.

Borrello, 20, scored his second brace of the campaign in the Roar?s 3-0 weekend win over Adelaide United, taking his season tally to four goals from as many matches.

His combination with fellow attacker Jamie Maclaren is becoming one of the most feared in the A-League and has played a huge part in the Roar?s promising start to the season.

But while Maclaren is on a full-time A-League contract, Borrello remains on the full-time youth player deal he signed before the start of Brisbane?s 2014-15 season.

It?s understood the South Australian product was on the verge of upgrading his contract to a three-year A-League deal last season under the Roar?s previous administration.

But the failure of ex-managing director Sean Dobson and former football director Ken Stead to seal the deal before the club?s financial cra

Foxtel Lose The EPL

In an unexpected twist, Singtel-Optus have landed the Australian broadcast rights for the English Premier League in a three-year $50 million deal.

Optus, who blindsided Qatar-owned BeIN Sports and Fox Sports, will show the English Premier League as of the 2016-2017 season.

The deal includes "live broadcast coverage and digital rights for broadband and mobile", according to a statement issued by the telecommunications company on Monday morning.

It is a huge blow for the current rights holders Fox Sports, and BeIN Sports, who both reportedly submitted competing bids.

Optus, which holds the EPL rights in its hometown of Singapore, have made no secret of the fact it wants to become a serious sports media rights holders in Australia.

"This is another significant step in our strategy to become a mobile-led multimedia company," Allen Lew, Chief Executive Officer at optus said.

"With 930 million followers worldwide, the Premier Leagiue is one of the most sought after sports properties for content providers.

"Today's announcemet is a great win for Optus and will ensure that Aussie football fans can watch all the action from the world's most popular footba

Congratulation to young Nick D'agostino

D'Agostino Looks To Build On Award

Brisbane Roar Youth star Nick D?Agostino has his sights set on the Hyundai A-League after winning the PlayStation? 4 NPL Queensland 2015 Young Player of the Year award.

D?Agostino won the award after receiving the highest number of Most Valuable Player points by a player under 20 years of age throughout the PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland regular season.

Despite making only nine appearances for Brisbane Roar Youth this season, the 17-year-old striker proved a constant threat to opposition defences and delivered seven goals.

He said he hopes the recognition will help him replicate the progression of previous Young Player of the Year recipients - 2013 recipient Kenneth Dougall (Brisbane City) currently plays professionally in the Netherlands and last year?s winner Braedyn Crowley (Northern Fury) earned a Hyundai A-League debut with Newcastle Jets last season.

?I feel privileged and honoured to win the award and seeing those names that have won it before me - you know that it really means a lot,? D?Agostino explained.

He also acknowledged previous standouts for Young Roar in PlayStation 4 NPL Queensland who advanced to the Hyundai A-League - including Brandon Borello, Devante Clut, Shannon Brady and Jai Ingham.

?I hope I can do the same as they have and emulate them and achieve the best I can do like they have.?

?It?s always good to win awards but really y

Neil Thomas

RIP Mate, just heard. to His mates on here, I'm sure we all feel the loss. Condolences to his family and friends

Aloisi berates Brisbane Roar defenders

Brisbane Roar assistant coach Ross Aloisi slammed the team's defenders at a fiery and vocal training session on Tuesday - with the club yet to register a clean sheet in the A-League this season.

An unrepentant Aloisi tore into the Roar's defensive group for a lack of application during a vocal and, at times, heated training session on Tuesday at Griffith University.

Brisbane's focus has switched to defence after a 3-2 loss to Wellington Phoenix that ended their unbeaten start to the season and exposed their defensive frailties.

Two of the goals conceded were easily preventable, and Aloisi - the older brother of head coach John Aloisi - hammered home that point as he demanded quicker reactions from his players.

Veteran fullback Shane Stefanutto, who is back to full fitness and in contention to face the Reds at Suncorp Stadium, described it as a welcome "reality check".

"It was just a bit of honesty in terms of our defending," he said.

"I know Ross as a football player and he's exactly like that as a coach. We love Ross because of that.

"We're men. We don't take it personally. We want that feedback as well so we can rectify those issues."

Stefanutto said
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