Paartalu confident Brisbane Roar now heading in the same direction

Brisbane Roar recruit Erik Paartalu is confident last season’s fissure between the playing group and coaching staff has been closed.

Brisbane Roar recruit Erik Paartalu is confident last season’s fissure between the playing group and coaching staff has been closed.

Paartalu, who has joined the Roar this season from Scottish club Greenock Morton, is aware of the rift that saw some key senior players leave the club when coach Ange Postecoglou stepped in for Frank Farina during the 2009/10 season but can see that now all things are heading in a positive direction.

“There were boys in the squad last year that were probably bringing down the other ones in terms of attitude off the park," Paartalu told the Brisbane Times.

"When any coach comes in and does things his own way, it's going to ruffle a few feathers. But if everyone's not on the same wavelength, there's no point in having a team.

"I think we're all pulling in the same direction now. It's really positive. We all want the same thing."

Paartalu said a major reason for him joining the Roar was that Postecoglou coached him at youth level and he wanted to again play under him.

“I was lucky enough to work with him before in the Under 17 Joeys team. As a manager, I think he's spot on," Paartalu added.

"I've worked with managers that have been too distant or too close. But during the sessions, he is hands on with the shape and I think that's key in any team.

"He's obviously a good coach and I hope we can do him proud this year."

The Roar open the 2010/11 A-League season with an away clash against Gold Coast United this Sunday.