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Brisbane Roar's Solorzano doing it for the family

Brisbane Roar striker Jean Carlos Solorzano insists much of his football career is to help his family in Costa Rican.

The 22-year old has enjoyed a superb start to his time in Australia, netting nine goals from eight A-League starts (17 appearances total) for the league leaders.

He says he is loving his time down under but admits that much of what he does is all about assisting his family.

"I have been here for about five months now. I am delighted," he told Australian Football Weekly.

"Language is a problem but the weather in Brisbane is very similar to Costa Rica's.

"I don't like going out much. I don't like drinking or go clubbing. My objective is to help my family. I send them money every month.

"I am from a small town. I grew up in San Lazaro de Nicoya. It is a town with a population of 500, located in the middle of nowhere, a five hours' drive from San Jose."p> And for all his hard work on the pitch, Solorzano is working hard off it to fit in with the Australian way of life and is even paying for his own language tuition.

"I pay my tuition fees off my own pocket. But I don't mind," he added.

"I found the Aussie accent a bit hard, but I am improving fast.

"I am taking lessons and my teammates are patient with me. They say that I am improving, but football is a universal language."

Andrew Slevison
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