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The Roar may have lost dual championship-winning coach Ange Postecoglou, but they are still tipped by many to be among the competition's frontrunners once again Indonesia   By KIERAN JONES


2011-12: CHAMPIONS [14-6-7] COACH: RADO VIDOSIC           

2012-13 SQUAD

Michael Theo, Matt Smith, Shane Stefanutto, Matthew Jurman, Ivan Franjic, Erik Paartalu, Besart Berisha, Massimo Murdocca, Henrique, Ben Halloran, Rocky Visconte, Do Dong-Hyun, Mitch Nichols, Luke Brattan, Jack Hingert, Matt Acton, James Meyer, Thomas Broich, Anthony Proia, Nicholas Fitzgerald, George Lambadaridis, Corey Brown, James Donachie, Yuji Takahashi.

In: Ben Halloran, Do Dong-Hyun, Yuji Takahashi.

Out: Issey Nakajima-Farran, Sayed Mohamed Adnan, Andrew Redmayne, Kofi Danning, Matt Mundy.


STAR MAN: Thomas Broich ONE TO WATCH:  Ben Halloran

The reigning Johnny Warren medalist is certainly Brisbane's attacking lynchpin and looks set for another prominent season in orange.                

Only 20 and newly arrived from the now-defunct Gold Coast for the new season. The exciting can play as a striker or an attacking midfielder. 


They may have lost coach Ange Postecoglou, but the Roar have retained most of their on-field stars for a tilt at three titles in succession. Thomas Broich, Shane Stefanutto, Matt Smith and Michael Theo form the nucleus of a side which can play well under any manager, let alone one that knows them as well as former long-serving assistant Vidosic.


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