Brisbane Roar are set to complete the signing of Miguel Angel Garcia Perez-Roldan –more commonly known as Corona on a two year contract.
Corona, 34, in a midfielder who has extensive experience in the Spanish La Liga with Almeria where he made 248 appearances including three in the season just started, most recently on August 28th in a 3-2 win over Leganes.
Prior to joining Almeria where he spent the bulk of his career, Corona came out of the Real Madrid academy, but after failing to progress from the ‘B’ team he joined Zaragoza.
After a series of loan moves, Corona was eventually loaned out again, this time to Almeria where he helped lead the side to the top tier for the first time in the clubs history.
His stellar performances helped convince the club from the south of Spain to make the move permanent, and he’s progressed ever since, even taking on the role of captain in recent times.
Corona also has extensive experience in all of Spain’s junior national teams, playing in the same youth teams as Spain’s recent golden generation where he helped win the 1997 u/16 European Championships.
No doubt this recruitment is based around John Aloisi’s knowledge of the Spanish league, with the two likely playing against one another in his time there.
One the face of it, this appears to be a replacement for the recently departed Luke Brattan, however it seems like he’s more used to playing further forward than Brattan so there could be a re-jig in midfield.
With the loss of Brattan, who officially became a free agent last week when the Roar’s appeal was denied, Brisbane were desperately short for cover in the midfield.
Before today’s news, Brisbane had just Matt McKay, Steven Lustica, Devante Clut, Dimitri Petratos and youth teamers Luke Pavlou and Mitch Hore on the books.
Now with the arrival of Corona and the re-signing of George Lambadaridis on a two month injury replacement contract, Brisbane are getting back to having a strong bank of midfielders to choose from.
The signing of Corona takes the Roar squad to the minimum requirement of 20, with the clubs two marquee spots and five visa spots taken, in addition to the clubs three FT NYL contracted players.
On paper at least this appears to be a good signing from Brisbane, at the very least it’s a far better one than I expected the club to make given the current off-field situation.