Brisbane Roar look set for a clear out. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
Brisbane Roar look set for a clear out. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Careers on the line at Roar

FOOTBALL: Brisbane Roar's shocking A-League season has left most of the squad playing for their careers.

Of the club's first-team squad, 17 players are coming off contract, with Roar football director Craig Moore in no hurry to re-sign any of them such is Brisbane's poor form.

Monday night's 3-0 loss to Sydney FC was the Roar's fourth successive defeat at home and their eighth from 15 matches this season.

Despite having last month received the backing of the Roar board, Brisbane coach John Aloisi remains under pressure.

 

Regardless of whether Aloisi is in charge next season, a player clean-out is on the cards.

The 17 players whose contract expire at the end of the season are skipper Matt McKay, marquee pair Massimo Maccarone and Brett Holman, and fellow veterans Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Jade North and Michael Theo.

Also soon to be off contract are defenders Corey Brown, Jack Hingert, Connor O'Toole and Daniel Bowles, midfielders Mitchell Oxborrow and Jacob Pepper, attackers Peter Skapetis, Nick D'Agostino and Corey Gameiro, goalkeeper Jamie Young and utility Ivan Franjic.

Corey Brown could be on his way to Melbourne. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)
Corey Brown could be on his way to Melbourne. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)

"Between now and the end of the season we'll be reassessing a lot of things at this football club," Moore said.

"It's clear that a lot of players are playing for their careers. It's up to them to show how much they desire to stay at Brisbane Roar."

Left-back Brown, the club's reigning player of the year, is understood to be in talks with Melbourne Victory.

Right-back Hingert will not have been happy to be dropped on Monday night but he had a poor game in Roar's 2-0 loss to Western Sydney last Friday night.

From the older brigade, only Maccarone and Ben Khalfallah have shown sufficient form to earn new deals, but at 38 and 35 respectively, neither are guaranteed to be at Brisbane next season.

Of the others, Bowles, O'Toole, Franjic and Young would have the best chances of signing new Roar deals.

Off the field the Roar have lost general manager Brendon Boss, who has been appointed Football Queensland's new football operations boss.

FQ has also appointed former chief operating officer Richard Griffiths as its new CEO, replacing the retiring Geoff Foster.



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