Thomas Broich set to leave Brisbane Roar


 , , ,

52 Have your say

    Since 2010 German midfielder Thomas Broich has been a fixture at Brisbane Roar. At the end of the current A-League season that partnership ends.

    The former Borussia Monchengladbach player revealed to News Corp Australia he will leave the club after they couldn’t guarantee him a new deal.

    “He (Roar coach John Aloisi) said at this point he didn’t know whether he could offer me a new deal and how much he could offer me, so it left me in a really uncertain position,” Broich told The Courier Mail.

    “While I totally respect that the club has to do what is has to do, I just cannot be in that kind of position.

    “I thanked John for his honesty and made my call.”

    The 36-year-old Broich hinted that his age may have played a part in the club’s decision-making process, before saying he was unsure where he would play next season.

    “I understand about the club going forward. I’m 36 years old so if they want to go for a younger player, then fair enough, I’m not going to stand in anyone’s way,” Broich said.

    “That’s just the reality that I have to live with now.

    “I’m obviously a bit sad. I’ve loved my time here, and it’s coming to an end. All good things have to come to an end eventually.”

    Broich has won three A-League championships with the Roar and two Premiers’ Plates and will be hoping he can get a fourth championship this season.

    The Roar kickoff their finals campaign by hosting Western Sydney at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

    © AAP 2018

    This video is trending right now! Submit your videos for the chance to win a share of $10,000!

    Have Your Say

    If not logged in, please enter your name and email before submitting your comment. Please review our comments policy before posting on the Roar.

    Oldest | Newest | Most Recent

    The Crowd Says (52)

    • April 19th 2017 @ 9:24am
      Lionheart said | April 19th 2017 @ 9:24am | ! Report

      This will not go down well with Roar supporters. If Thomas isn’t treated with more respect than this short article indicates, fans will revolt.

      • April 19th 2017 @ 9:57am
        Waz said | April 19th 2017 @ 9:57am | ! Report

        I think this passage sums it up:

        ““While I totally respect that the club has to do what is has to do, I just cannot be in that kind of position. “I thanked John for his honesty and made my call.”

        Thomas got the respect he deserved – a straight and honest answer that allowed him to plan his future.

        • April 19th 2017 @ 10:25am
          j binnie said | April 19th 2017 @ 10:25am | ! Report

          Waz “A straight and honest answer”. Let me quote that “answer ” as reported.
          “He (Aloisi) said that at this point in time he didn’t know if he could offer me a new deal and how much he could offer me”.Straight? Depends on how you look at the answer does it not?.
          I would suggest to a man of your experience ,even if Thomas asked the question, it would be relatively easy to postpone such an “straight and honest answer” for at least 2 weeks until some very important games are out of the way.
          A simple “we haven’t settled on next year’s requirements” would have sufficed
          You stated in another article the other day that you questioned Holman’s fitness and here you talk about Broich’s “dicky ankle” so what is that saying about the overall team management over recent weeks when both have consistently been chosen to play,? Not very much if your observations are correct. jb

          • April 19th 2017 @ 1:16pm
            Waz said | April 19th 2017 @ 1:16pm | ! Report

            I do think Broich got a straight and honest answer – even if it’s a wait and see who we sign to see if we can fit you in. Broichs ankle needs an operation next month and I wouldn’t think that would be a problem, but you never know.

            But you’re still left with the cap question – if Broich consumes $150k, $250k or $300k of cap who do you lose? Who can you afford to replace Maclaren? What about a new keeper? A new CB?

            Holman for me was a question over his past fitness – it looks like Roar recruited him with a crook knee, not the first time we’ve had a major signing arrive unfit

            • April 19th 2017 @ 1:31pm
              Lionheart said | April 19th 2017 @ 1:31pm | ! Report

              surely Broich is cap exempt? like Archie, and if the Bakries can’t afford to pay him, well I’m sure there’s a few sponsors out there who would love to be associated with the great man.

              • April 19th 2017 @ 2:11pm
                Waz said | April 19th 2017 @ 2:11pm | ! Report

                Archie doesn’t get you cap exempt it just reduces the amount of salary that counts towards the cap. It also doesn’t reduce the player quota – you can still only have 20 adult players.

              • April 19th 2017 @ 2:36pm
                Lionheart said | April 19th 2017 @ 2:36pm | ! Report

                Waz, if we can’t fit him in our 20 senior players we have a serious problem. I can name at least 15 who I would rate way lower than Broich. Plus I don’t get your cap comment, if it reduces the salary that counts to cap, isn’t that cap exempt salary?

              • April 19th 2017 @ 2:40pm
                Waz said | April 19th 2017 @ 2:40pm | ! Report

                I’m not sure what the percentage is but I think it’s something like a 10% salary reduction for year 6, 20% for year 7 and so on. So Broichs salary would be reduced for cap purposes by no more than 30%. Asking for $300k that’s still $200k of the cap gone.

              • April 19th 2017 @ 3:20pm
                Lionheart said | April 19th 2017 @ 3:20pm | ! Report

                ok, I was just reading the cap system on the HAL website. It’s collective but only a few players would contribute, Broich and Theo now, Hingert next year I think. It starts at 25% at 5 years and goes up 5% per year to 50% at ten years. Plus there’s banking from two preceding years, where I know we’ve been under. Of course we all know this is the club’s bread and butter stuff, but so too is managing their pr and information flow to fans, and understanding fans expectations. Most fans expect better than what they’re getting right now.

              • April 19th 2017 @ 3:43pm
                Waz said | April 19th 2017 @ 3:43pm | ! Report

                My understanding is this story was not sanctioned by the club so they were completely blindsided. Let’s see if they get anything out.

              • April 19th 2017 @ 7:18pm
                Waz said | April 19th 2017 @ 7:18pm | ! Report

                Turns out that salary cap relief is being used on other players as well. So it’s not sat there unused.

    • April 19th 2017 @ 10:00am
      Evan Askew said | April 19th 2017 @ 10:00am | ! Report

      Yep, I’m pissed off. I understand why he might no longer be a marquee but his moments of brilliance shows he still has a role to play. If there wasn’t a salary cap or a bigger salary cap we might be able to keep him on at the level of renumeration he deserves.

    • April 19th 2017 @ 10:00am
      Waz said | April 19th 2017 @ 10:00am | ! Report

      I can’t see this as anything other than the right call. I honestly didn’t think JA was tough enough to make these type of calls. If there was no salary cap they could probably take a chance and keep him, but in a salary capped league how much do you allocate to a 37 year old with a dodgy ankle versus a new striker, new centre back and new goalkeeper all of which are on the cards for next season?

      • April 19th 2017 @ 10:38am
        BES said | April 19th 2017 @ 10:38am | ! Report

        The issue is not the call – it is the way it appears to have been handled. Lionheart is absolutely right, this is not just another call on your run of the mill player – this guy almost highhandedly changed Australian football.

        He was THE centrepiece around which AP was able to build the team that changed forever how Australian club football was played. This should have been a club announcement along with a testimonial match and most of us were hoping an announcement that he would be retained as part of the coaching staff with the long term goal of having him leading the club.

        The way it looks right now? I am appalled at the treatment.

        • April 19th 2017 @ 1:18pm
          Waz said | April 19th 2017 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

          What do you mean “the way it was handled”? If Broich chooses to give an exclusive interview to Marco who publishes that’s not the clubs fault!

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

            and if the club chooses to tell him this week and not two weeks or a month ago, who’s fault would that be? and if the club now chooses silence?
            It’s being very poorly handled Waz. Everyone knows that all players reach the end of their days, and that all clubs operate to a budget. But all we know about this is what we are reading in the media.

            • April 19th 2017 @ 2:41pm
              Waz said | April 19th 2017 @ 2:41pm | ! Report

              The club should get something out but let’s face it, the news broke about 8 last night so if they get something out today that’s fair enough (if they do)

              • April 19th 2017 @ 3:23pm
                Lionheart said | April 19th 2017 @ 3:23pm | ! Report

                they must do better Waz
                they should have worked very late last night to draft a statement for release this morning.
                It’s already too late to undo much damage

      • April 19th 2017 @ 11:41am
        Lionheart said | April 19th 2017 @ 11:41am | ! Report

        So there’s the Archie Thompson rule, what has Roar done to try to get an exemption for our greatest player and most loyal club man? He’s an A League legend too, not just a club legend.
        I’m surprised you’re sticking up for the club here Waz, and I’d be even more surprised if supporters align behind you. This is an issue where the Supporters Federation could speak out and demonstrate an independence from club management. Broich could have walked out years ago, better offers would have been around surely, but he stayed, even when his employer did not keep their part of the contract (when Brattan left). He is extremely popular with fans and he’s a great ambassador for our game. He can still offer a lot to the club, if not as a player (still creating chances though) as a mentor, coach, pr or other capacity. Roar should at least have put out a statement to fans by now, and as a minimum I would expect them to make some effort to help secure his future in Australian football, at Roar or FFA or Football QLD or even Fox (he’d make a great commentator). I’m losing faith if he is just let go.

        • April 19th 2017 @ 1:23pm
          Waz said | April 19th 2017 @ 1:23pm | ! Report

          Lionheart, this is Broich’s decision not the clubs – if he chooses to play on that’s his call. The club can’t stop him (all they can do is match the salary expectations which they’ve decided not to do – presumably you don’t want to see more Pepper-paid players in the squad?).

          Just on the Federation side on things – we have asked if we can host a farewell fan forum for Broich with Kingsman. The two of them can answer questions there – for all we know Broich might be demanding $400k a year which is not a realistic proposition but let’s give them the chance to explain this

          • April 19th 2017 @ 2:21pm
            Lionheart said | April 19th 2017 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

            give them a chance? holy understatements Batman, their silence is totally cruelling them.
            Has the Federation asked the club to explain, or maybe issue a statement to tell us what has happened? Has the club explained to the federation what’s happened?

            • April 19th 2017 @ 3:47pm
              Waz said | April 19th 2017 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

              Yes we’ve asked them to comment to club members or broadly via their website. No they haven’t explained to us but we were contacted last night when the story broke on social media and they explained they were not expecting it until after the finals. This time last month Broich was retiring this winter, he changed his mind, the question is what do they that satisfies fans?

        • April 19th 2017 @ 2:14pm
          Chopper said | April 19th 2017 @ 2:14pm | ! Report

          I wholeheartedly agree Lionheart the club have not handled this at all well. I am also disappointed with responses from the leader of our Supporters Federation as this is not a way to build a club culture. There are players in the squad that are not good enough to tie Thomas Broich’s boot laces that are still getting game time.

          I have heard talk about the cap relating to a new centre back, a new goalkeeper and a new striker being more important than signing Broich, well a new centre back will not put bums on seats and in any case we have Devere, North, Bowles and Crestani without signing Pappadopolous. The goalkeeper situation is much clearer Theo is a liability and by all accounts costs too much so Young gets the gig with a youngster as back up. A new Striker is the only area that needs strengthening and could well be a visa player. So the excuses don’t wash and I sincerely hope that Brisbane Roar pull out all the stops to sign Broich for next season.

    • April 19th 2017 @ 10:58am
      Bfc said | April 19th 2017 @ 10:58am | ! Report

      Bloody sucks…even at 36 Broich has much to offer the club, on many levels…

    • Roar Guru

      April 19th 2017 @ 11:00am
      Kaks said | April 19th 2017 @ 11:00am | ! Report

      With all due respect to Broich and Brisbane, it’s the right time to part way’s with Broich.

      He is 36 and is only going to continue to get slower and more fragile. He has been a great servant for the club but he can’t be there forever.

      Brisbane have a large number of young, talented players coming through. They are not reliant on Broich as they once were, and by Broich’s comments, it seems like the club is being black and white with him which is refreshing.

      • April 19th 2017 @ 12:02pm
        TK said | April 19th 2017 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

        Based on recent form i think they could have kept him for the young players to feed off and learn from. Caletti for example seems to be working well with him.

        • April 19th 2017 @ 1:25pm
          Waz said | April 19th 2017 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

          In a non salary capped league that could work. But with a cap in place you’re always going to struggle to have luxurys like this. Archie had one more year in him but Victory let him go.

      • April 19th 2017 @ 12:07pm
        Jordan said | April 19th 2017 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

        Agreed (as a BRFC fan). Still has the skills, but I’ve seen him laboring badly more than a couple of times after around the hour mark this season. I think this has been a respectful approach by the club, if Thomas didn’t want it announced in the lead up to potentially his last game, I doubt they would have and just left it until the season has ended.

        It is fine for players in any sport to continue on into their late 30s, but they have to expect that a tap on the shoulder could come at any moment.

        None of us really know the inner-workings of their cap space/squad. If its a decision in signing him or Caletti or maybe just maybe getting J-Mac for another year or two, I know what my decision would be.

    • April 19th 2017 @ 11:04am
      Aaron said | April 19th 2017 @ 11:04am | ! Report

      Hopefully Broich will return to Brisbane in some coaching capacity in the near future as he had wanted to. Legend of the club… theres still room for a statue down the caxton end entrance right?

      • April 19th 2017 @ 11:43am
        Lionheart said | April 19th 2017 @ 11:43am | ! Report

        no – Milton Road end. NRL owns the Caxton St end with plaques everywhere.

        • April 19th 2017 @ 11:58am
          TK said | April 19th 2017 @ 11:58am | ! Report

          Good idea. Maybe the new federation can push for a statue.

          • April 19th 2017 @ 1:26pm
            Waz said | April 19th 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

            They are. And yes, Milton Road end.

      • April 20th 2017 @ 8:17am
        Chris said | April 20th 2017 @ 8:17am | ! Report

        Good luck with the statue. The only statue I’ve ever seen of a footballer is Johnny Warren on the Moore Park Rd end.
        Anyone know of any others?

    , , ,