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Oar denies he’s squeezing Broich out of Brisbane

By Vince Rugari, Vince Rugari is a Roar Guru

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    Tommy Oar doesn’t feel as if he’s pushing Thomas Broich out the door and is determined to send the departing Brisbane Roar legend off with a fourth A-League championship.

    Oar will assume the mantle of the Roar’s go-to man on the left side of attack when the 36-year-old German exits the club at the end of their finals and AFC Champions League campaigns.

    The 25-year-old fringe Socceroo will become one of Brisbane’s two marquee players next season, while Broich – who would have needed to come under the salary cap to stay – will seek a move after receiving no guarantees from the club regarding a new contract.

    “It’s just the nature of football. It’s happened to me at other clubs as well,” Oar told AAP.

    “And we’ve shown this year we can both play in the same team, so I don’t think it’s me pushing him out the door, so to speak.

    “This year Thomas has played different roles – so have I – and we’ve actually played quite well together, even last week against Wellington.

    “There’s always going to be questions asked about players who play the same position but from my perspective, I don’t really see it that way.

    “He’s obviously a great guy, I’ve become quite good friends with him since I came back to Brisbane and he’ll be missed on and off the pitch.”

    Oar admitted it would be a huge task to permanently replace Broich, a two-time Johnny Warren Medal winner and three-time A-League champion, on the left wing.

    “For sure, they’re big shoes to fill,” he said.

    “Hopefully next season I can come to the party and do whatever I can to replace what we’ll be missing.”

    The Roar now has even more incentive to win through to the A-League grand final and give Broich another shot at an A-League title in what would be the ideal swansong to his Brisbane career.

    Oar himself has never won a piece of A-League silverware, having departed the club for Europe just before their golden run under Ange Postecoglou.

    “That would be a great way for him to go out. The boys owe him everything we can give to maximise the chances of that happening,” Oar said.

    © AAP 2018

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    The Crowd Says (3)

    • April 19th 2017 @ 12:59pm
      Lionheart said | April 19th 2017 @ 12:59pm | ! Report

      what a stupid article
      like, it’s Vince Rugari capitalising on the club’s mystifying silence on the issue, and the Roar fans absolute disgust and anger with their club management

    • April 19th 2017 @ 1:02pm
      Cool and Cold said | April 19th 2017 @ 1:02pm | ! Report

      According to AAP:

      Moore said an “open-ended invitation” for Broich to join the Roar’s operations remains in place, with the German having previously expressed a desire to take up a coaching position, but in the short term the likelihood remains that he could lineup against his old side next season.

      The former Roar defender described the decision as a choice between re-signing Broich or Joe Coletti, the young midfielder who has emerged as a star of the future.

      “Thomas Broich is a legend of the football club. But at the end of the day, football is a business and people come and go. It does happen.”

    • April 19th 2017 @ 1:55pm
      Chopper said | April 19th 2017 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

      Oar could never replace a player of Broich’s ability or loyalty. There must be big questions to answer with Brisbane Roar to explain how they cannot offer Thomas a contract. The salary cap reply is a furphy because they must have plenty of room within the cap especially when the likes of Arana and Pepper are shown the door. Then there is the Archie rule for loyalty. Brisbane Roar continually shoot themselves in the foot so perhaps Brisbane Strikers should sign him as part of their expansion team. He has so much knowledge and skill he will be an asset wherever he goes however it should be at Brisbane Roar.

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