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I'm here to help: Henrique

 Crowd favourite Henrique and rising Youth player Nick D'Agostino have been named in the Brisbane Roar squad to take on Perth Glory in Round 6 of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday (4pm kick off).

Spanish signing Javier Hervas Salmoral, who previously played with Sevilla FC, also has been included in the 17-man squad. He will wear No.18.

Henrique returns nearly six months after a knee reconstruction. His last game for the Roar was on 18 March - an AFC Champions League 3-3 draw against Suwon Bluewings when he came off injured in the second half.

The "Slippery Fish", who last month was awarded his Australian Citizenship (below), has been in a controlled rehab and training program for the last few months.

He looked sharp and strongly in an 11 versus 11 training game on Wednesday after earlier being given a medical all-clear.

After the session, Roar Head Coach John Aloisi called Henrique aside for a private chat. What was said is between them but a huge smile lit up Henrique's face.

Aloisi said he had not yet made any decision on what role Henrique could play on Sunday.

Henrique said it had been a challenging seven months on the sidelines and he was happy to be back in a position to help the team again.

"It is still one step at a time and there is plenty more hard work to be done," Henrique said.

"I am more determined

Brisbane Roar striker Jamie Maclaren named the PFA player of October

BRISBANE Roar continue to be recognised for their good start to the A-League season, with striker Jamie Maclaren named the Professional Footballers Australia player of October.

Maclaren?s reward from his peers came hot on the heels of strike partner Brandon Borrello last week being named the A-League?s young player of the month.

Between them, they have scored seven of the second-placed Roar?s 10 goals this season and tormented rivals.

?The season has started really well and I?m really enjoying my football and this award just tops it off,? 22-year-old Maclaren said.

?I would like to thank my teammates and the coaching staff who have made me feel so welcome at the club.?

Maclaren, who has netted three goals in five matches this season, is relishing being a regular starter since moving to the Roar from Perth Glory, where he was confined to a supersub role.

?As a striker you want a coach that backs you and I wasn?t backed at Perth for whatever reason,? he told The Courier-Mail last month.

Unfortunately for the Roar, Maclaren won?t get the chance to take on the Glory on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium due his selection in the Olyroos squad playing matches against Qatar and Iran.

His place in the Roar forward line is expected to be taken by Dimitri Petratos, who will shift from the midfield role he has occupied this season.

At the defensive end of the park, the Roar have kept successive cle

Rahim Soekasah set to be appointed new Brisbane Roar chairman

A-League: Rahim Soekasah set to be appointed new Brisbane Roar chairman

November 9, 2015 9:00pm

LONG-time Bakrie Group football executive Rahim Soekasah is set to be appointed Brisbane Roar?s new chairman, with the club?s Chris Fong era to officially come to an end.

Fong has been chairman by name and nothing else in recent months as club owner Nirwan Bakrie finalises plans to revive the Roar and appoint a new board.

Having completed his audit of the club, Bakrie is understood to have decided to appoint three directors ? new chairman Soekasah, Demis Djamoeddin and Dali Tahir, who will retain his sport on the board.

Soekasah and Djamoeddin, who spent several weeks in Brisbane before returning to Indonesia last month to report to Bakrie, are expected to base themselves in Queensland permanently.

Djamoeddin could be back in Brisbane in time for the Roar?s clash with Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

The Roar are also close to finalising their advisory board, which will focus on the club?s legal, accounting and government dealings.
David Pourre, currently the club?s interim chief executive, has been offered the CEO position on a permanent basis.

Meanwhile, the Roar confirmed on Monday that Jean Carlos Solorzano?s hamstring injury was not as serious as first feared but the Costa Rican striker won?t be rushed back into action.

?He?s been

Australia vs Kyrgyzstan - 12/11/15 - WC/AC Qualifier - Canberra Stadium

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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
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