The Brisbane Roar’s New Zealand recruit Kosta Barbarouses is eager to impress at his new team with a place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa not out of his reach.
The 20 year old All Whites representative is one of eight fresh signings this year in a Roar side rebuilt from the ashes of last seasons under-performing squad.
Graham Osborne reports.
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The young Kiwi striker joins Australian international Shane Stefanutto and Thomas Broich as the Roars major signings so far this season, with Brioch still to arrive from overseas.
Barbarouses only landed in Brisbane on Friday night from Wellington, but is already highly impressed with the Roar setup.
Kosta Barbarouses, Roar Striker: “The clubhouse have been really helpful in helping me settle in and stuff. I’m loving the place so far, it’s a really nice city and the club is really well organised.”
Barbarouses could be away for the start of the A-League season, if he’s chosen to represent New Zealand in the World Cup in South Africa.
The former New Zealand under 17 captain was unlucky to miss out on the senior All Whites squad, but still could go as one of seven non-travelling reserves.
Barbarouses still thinks he’s a chance of chasing World Cup glory in 2010.
Kosta Barbarouses, Roar Striker: “If an attacking player gets injured leading towards the World Cup, I’d like to think I would be the one that gets to go.”
Although Barbarouses has scored lots of goals for his country, he still hasn’t been able to find his feet in the A-League with limited opportunities at the Wellington Phoenix last season.
Kosta Barbarouses, Roar Striker: “At the Phoenix I didn’t get too many games, I think I just need a few games under my belt, I’ll be back to my best and back to the Kosta that everybody knows.”
Brisbane fans will get to know Kosta when the Roar plays Everton in July.
Graham Osborne, QUT News