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Roar in Rigters' sight

GOLD Coast United striker Maceo Rigters is jumping at the chance to make his A-League debut against reigning champion Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

The Dutchman - who finally received long-awaited paperwork essential for his visa clearance - could come into United coach Miron Bleiberg's scheme to topple the Roar in this season's first M1 Derby.

And while there are still one or two steps to complete before Rigters can be given the green light, the 27-year-old is confident he can start his United career at Suncorp Stadium.

"I'm very happy that we're close to getting it all sorted out now and even though I'm still waiting for the 100% confirmation it shouldn't be too long in coming and I should be okay to play on Friday," Rigters said.

"It's been a frustrating couple of weeks because it's a paperwork process and all you can do is chase it and make phone calls.

"But that is behind me now and I can look forward to playing, which is definitely a relief."

Undaunted by the Roar's 30-game unbeaten stretch, Rigters said the United players had the confidence and ability to topple their fiercest rivals.

"We have many weapons in the front line - different players who have different qualities, so that's good for us in terms of the variety of attacks we can put together - we have many creative players in this team," he said.

"Nobody on the Gold Coast will want to lose this game and we will all be giving everything to make sure we come away with the points.

"They haven't lost in 30 games and we want to be the ones who break that record."

Topics:  a-league gold coast united


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