A name change from Queensland to Brisbane Roar has been the main headline grabber for Frank Farina’s men this off-season.
The loss of promising attacking midfielder Tahj Minniecon is the only real problem for Farina but it could have been worse with main striker Sergio van Dijk linked with a move away from Suncorp Stadium during the pre-season.
Key re-signings of Australian international Craig Moore, midfielder Matt McKay and young gun Mitch Nichols have buoyed the squad which boasts a great mix of youth (Nichols, Luke DeVere, Tommy Oar) and experience (Moore, Danny Tiatto, Charlie Miller).
The Roar managed a top-three finish last term but were edged out in the preliminary final by Adelaide United and with a team that had the second best goal scoring record and second best defence, any improvement will surely see them again challenge for the 2009/10 title.
Arrivals: Henrique de Andrade Silva (Formiga, Brazil), Matt Mundy (National Youth League), Adam Sarota (National Youth League).
Biggest signing: Henrique
Biggest loss: Tahj Minniecon
Key men: Charlie Miller (attacking midfielder), Craig Moore (captain/key defender), Sergio van Dijk (striker), Mitch Nichols (young attacking midfielder).
Goalkeepers - Liam Reddy, Griffin McMaster
Defenders - Andrew Packer, Luke DeVere, Craig Moore, Josh McCloughan, Matt Mundy, Danny Tiatto
Midfielders - David Dodd, Massimo Murdocca, Charlie Miller, Matt McKay, Adam Sarota, Mitch Nichols, Isaka Cernak
Forwards - Michael Zullo, Sergio van Dijk, Reinaldo, Henrique, Tommy Oar, Robbie Kruse, Tim Smits