Brisbane Roar have landed cultured midfielder Liam Miller, but are steeling themselves for the departure of winger Ben Halloran after his transfer request was accepted
|By MICHAEL HUGUENIN
Brisbane Roar have signed former Perth Glory midfielder Liam Miller, while they have also accepted a transfer request from winger Ben Halloran, who will head to Germany.
Miller has signed a contract with Brisbane until the end of the 2015-16 A-League season after two years with Perth Glory, where he played 49 games.
Halloran's expected transfer to Fortuna Dusseldorf, meanwhile, looks set to be completed within days after his transfer request was approved.
Brisbane head coach Mike Mulvey believes 32-year-old Miller - formerly of Manchester United, Celtic and Leeds - will be crucial to the Roar's A-League campaign next season.
"I see Liam as a key piece to our midfield puzzle, he brings experience and poise and a good work ethic," Mulvey said on Wednesday.
"I can't wait to see how he combines with the talent we already have here at Brisbane Roar."
Miller added that the length of the contract offered by Brisbane was a key factor in his decision to move from Western Australia to Queensland, as it would secure his family's future.
"My family were a huge part in my decision to sign for Brisbane and the close-knit nature of the playing group and the whole club made that decision easier for me," Miller said.
"I am confident I can make a difference to this Roar team and I can't wait for pre-season to begin."
Brisbane also confirmed on Wednesday they had agreed to a transfer request from Halloran, with Roar managing director Sean Dobson claiming the club would "never want to stand in the way of a player pursuing their dreams overseas".
While the Roar have only revealed Halloran is set to sign with a club in Germany's second tier, the 20-year-old Cairns-born winger has been linked with Dusseldorf for several weeks.
Recently-relegated from the Bundesliga, Dusseldorf are preparing for life without Australia international Robbie Kruse, who is on his way to Bayer Leverkusen after an impressive maiden campaign in the Bundesliga.
"We never want to stand in the way of a player pursuing their dreams overseas," Dobson said on Wednesday.
"As a club, we've got a great tradition of footballers forging successful careers overseas.
"We've enjoyed having Ben here and we hope he goes on to do great things in Germany."
Halloran joined Brisbane before the 2012-13 A-League season from now-defunct club Gold Coast United and went on to play 26 matches, scoring four goals and notching one assist.
Based in North Rhine-Westphalia, Dusseldorf should be an ideal place for Halloran to further develop his career.
Dusseldorf were relegated to the 2. Bundesliga on Saturday following a 3-0 loss to Hannover.
The moves continue an off-season of change for Brisbane, with Massimo Murdocca [Melbourne Heart] and Mitch Nichols [Melbourne Victory] having already departed. Former coach and now technical director Rado Vidosic is tipped to join Sydney FC as Frank Farina's assistant coach.