Brisbane Roar are ready to kick off their campaign hoping to secure an A-league premiership hat-trick.
On Sunday they’ll take on Perth Glory in a replay of last season’s controversial grand final.
Hayley Robertson reports.
There’s a new coach, but at training it’s the same systematic precision.
While the age of Ange Postecoglou is over, the captain insists there’s no cause for concern.
Matt Smith, Brisbane Roar Captain: “We have complete belief in our coach, we have complete belief in our players and in our system that were going to be playing this year.”
There are injury doubts for Brazilian attacker Henrique and right fullback Ivan Franjic who both watched from the bench.
Matt Smith, Brisbane Roar captain: “At the moment it’s 50-50.”
But the new head coach says they’ve got plenty of young blood ready to step in.
Rado Vidosic, Brisbane Roar Head Coach: “The younger players that we’ve got are very, very good and probably what they need is opportunities.”
Vidosic himself is calm and in control depsite battling a few health issues of his own.
It’s the Roar’s last training session in Brisbane before flying west to Perth tomorrow.
Last time the two teams met, a controversial penalty sealed Brisbane’s deal and the Glory is ready for revenge.
And with Perth fans anything but forgetful, the Roar looks set to face a hostile atmosphere on Sunday.
But they aren’t worried.
Matt Smith, Brisbane Roar Captain: “We’re very competitive, so when it comes to desire there’s definitely won’t be any issues there.”
Hayley Robertson, QUT News.