Aloisi tips Roar hero for prolific campaign

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi expects a prolific season for hotshot forward Brandon Borrello after the 20-year-old’s brace helped the hosts to a 2-1 win over Central Coast Mariners.

Borrello hit four goals in his first full Hyundai A-League campaign last term and made an eye-catching return to Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, twice finishing with aplomb to seal three points.

Aloisi pointed to Borrello’s combination with Jamie Maclaren in the front third as particularly encouraging. 

Borrello brace sees Roar past Mariners

“We’ve got experienced players but we’ve also got young boys coming through,” Aloisi said.

“Brandon had a breakout season last year but he probably didn’t have that final touch in scoring enough goals. I think he’s got a lot of goals in him.

Roar players celebrate the opener against the Mariners.

“The way we play, he will create a lot of chances and also get into goalscoring positions. Him and Jamie combined well for the goal.”

Aloisi’s first competitive home match in charge drew a crowd of over 14,000 – an increase of almost 3,000 on last season’s average – which pleased the former Socceroo as much as a second straight victory.

“Considering where we were in pre-season, we have to thank the supporters,” he said.

“I hope the supporters realise what we’re trying to do at this football club. We know a lot of bridges have been burnt but the club is theirs.

“They have been supporting it for over 10 years and we hope they can continue coming to the games.”