THE all-conquering A-League champion Brisbane Roar is preparing to shake off the pre-season doldrums with a return to the football pitch for a host of training matches.
Preparing to ignite its championship defence when the new season kicks-off in October, the Roar has announced a number of matches against local Brisbane clubs.
And with the squad already being in its fourth week of pre-season training, Brisbane Roar Head Coach Ange Postecoglou admitted it was time his team faced competitive action.
“The boys have looked good so far, but now we’ll look for them to take the next step,” Postecoglou said.
“The start of the season might still be four months away, but each of these games is vital as part of preparation for week one of the season.
“We look forward to getting out there and being tested by the Brisbane Premier League and Queensland State League clubs.”
Brisbane Roar CEO Eugenie Buckley said the training games were an important part of staying connected with the local football family.
“We take pride in our community engagement and visiting these local clubs is an important facet of that process,” Buckley said.
“By playing at the local clubs across Brisbane we hope to bring our players closer to our fans.”
The pre-season training game schedule also includes games against Peninsula Power, Sunshine Coast Fire, Eastern Suburbs and Brisbane Olympic.
PRE-SEASON TRAINING MATCH SCHEDULE FOR JUNE
June 3: Redlands United at Cleveland Showgrounds, kick-off 7pm
June 8: Peninsula Power at AJ Kelly field, kick-off 7pm
June 12: Sunshine Coast Fire at Kawana Stadium, kick-off 2.30pm
June 22: Eastern Suburbs at Heath Park, kick-off 7pm
June 29: Brisbane Olympic at Goodwin Park, kick-off 7pm
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