Brisbane Roar have added another piece to their roster for next season with conformation that young attacker Brandon Borrello has committed himself to the Roar, signing a two year contract extension which will keep him in Brisbane through the 2017-18 season.
“It is very exciting for myself and my family to sign my first fully professional contact and I am happy that it is with Brisbane, it’s great that I can develop and better my career here.”, Borrello told the clubs official website.
Borrello, 20, has been an important part of the side this season, chipping in with five goals from 14 appearances this season while providing solidity and continuity down the right side.
It’s been another season of solid progression for Borrello, who started out in the Roar youth set-up before getting his chance in the A-League side under Mike Mulvey midway through the 2013-14 season.
It was however last season where Borrello made a name for himself, emerging from a fringe bench option to a key contributor in the final third in Brisbane’s Asian Champions League and A-League push, with six goals in 27 games including the winner away to Urawa Reds.
All up, Borrello has made 48 appearances for Brisbane since his debut in Round 4 of the 2013-14 season at home to Melbourne Heart, scoring 11 goals.
Today’s news ensures Brisbane’s front third will remain in place next season with Borrello joining fellow regular starters Dimitri Petratos, Thomas Broich and Jamie Maclaren all locked in for next season. Young winger Shannon Brady is another attacking option that will return next season.
That leaves super-sub Henrique and back-up striker Jean Carlos Solórzano as out of contract options in the final third. Henrique would be almost a no brainer to re-sign, particularly given his duel citizenship means he doesn’t take one of the five visa spots in addition to his strong showings off the bench. Solórzano has made noises about heading down the same path, however its unclear if that situation would be resolved by the start of next season.
It’s also arguable that even as a non-visa player, Solórzano has struggled this season, and that Brisbane may be better off pursing different options as cover for Maclaren for next season. So far this season, Solórzano has just seven appearances –two starts- to his name and is yet to find the back of the net, while Henrique has been in and out of the starting side, but still managed a very healthy return of six goals from 13 appearances -6 starts-.
Brisbane have been actively re-signing their out of contract players in recent weeks, with Borrello joining Jamie Young and Jack Hingert also committing to remaining in Brisbane.
The list of players out of contract however is remains a long one, with Jade North, James Donachie, Shane Stefanutto, Javier Hervas, Devante Clut, Steven Lustica, Henrique and Jean Carlos Solórzano all out of contract at seasons end.
Brisbane Roar squad for 2016-17 as at 10/02/2016
Goalkeepers: Michael Theo, Jamie Young.
Defenders: Corey Brown, Luke DeVere, Jack Hingert, Jerome Polenz (fgn).
Midfielders: Thomas Broich (fgn) (marquee), Joe Caletti (FT NYL), Corona (fgn), Matt McKay (marquee), Dimitri Petratos.
Forwards: Shannon Brady, Brandon Borrello, Jamie Maclaren.