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Brisbane Roar roll the dice in the transfer window

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Roar Guru
8th February, 2023

A transfer window is an opportunity change the fortunes of a struggling club and improve their chances for success.

It is a time when troublesome players can be moved on, while bringing in much needed reinforcements.

With completed transfers still to be announced by some teams, all eyes in the league seem to be on Brisbane Roar – who in an effort to save their season, rolled the dice with several new acquisitions.

The Roar are by no means out of finals contention, only four points adrift currently and the recent away match in Adelaide, showed they are more than capable of competing with the competition’s best sides.

Coach Warren Moon is still under a huge amount of pressure to save his job – with questions persistently being asked of his puzzling team selections and tactics

However, he has been financially backed by the Roar board, with seven new signings – including two scholarships.

Three of the new signings are from South Australia, which brings the total to six in the squad – highlighted by new recruit Taras Gomulka.


As a teenager Gomulka was making inroads into the United first team during the covid period, before rejecting the clubs contract offer and then signing a financially rewarding three-year deal with Melbourne City.

His time in Melbourne proved to be a real struggle in breaking into the first team and a move to Brisbane will hope to reinvigorate the former prodigy’s combative tendencies in the middle of the park.

Noah Smith’s attacking instincts were on full display whilst at Adelaide, before suffering a serious injury and moves in recent years to the Mariners and Melbourne Victory have not seen a recovery of initial form.

Now onto this fourth club, Smith has an opportunity to make Brisbane’s troublesome left back spot his own.

Ayom Majok finds himself back in the big time on a scholarship deal, after a fine season with Adelaide City in the SA NPL – averaging a goal every two games.

His dribbling, trickery with the ball and pace should give Brisbane a new dimension in the final third – which also will now include one of QLD’s favourite sons Robbie Kruse.

Kruse has cut a maligned figure in Australian football circles, during an injury plagued three years in Melbourne Victory.


Nobody can deny his club and international CV and on his day, Kruse is capable of showcasing his energetic work rate and eye for a goal.

Robbie Kruse of Melbourne Victory

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But at 34 years old and still cursed by injuries – Brisbane fans will not be getting the same excitement machine they saw come through the club over 15 years ago.

There is also an air of uncertainty of how VISA signings, Marcel Canadi and in particular Stefan Scepovic will cope in Australia.

Scepovic boasts a solid CV and generally players from the Balkans do well in the A-League, However he is only here for six months and social media has been quick to already judge Scepovic of being in Australia for a paid vacation

To make matters worse, Integrating seven new personalities in an already fractured dressing room is a recipe for chaos.

The fixture list is challenging with six out of the remaining matches interstate and the side’s dismal record in Brisbane. They rank third from bottom in points taken at home.


But with the new reinforcements, the Roar now have a squad of talented players – it will be up to the under-fire coach to try and put all the pieces of the puzzle together.

Seven is the magic number to roll in the game of craps, due to the amount of most combinations possible and it is also the number most likely to come up on the dice.

For Warren Moon’s sake let’s hope the dice roll was lucky, because integrating seven players in 11 games may finally see his luck run out as coach of the besieged club