Roar move a "massive opportunity" for Olyroos 'keeper Jordan Holmes

Olyroos goalkeeper Jordan Holmes has returned to Australia after an eight-year stint abroad, joining Brisbane Roar ahead of the 2021/22 A-League campaign.

Fresh from an unforgettable experience as a member of Graham Arnold's Olyroos squad at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the 24-year-old is eager to begin a "massive opportunity" in Brisbane under Roar boss Warren Moon.

Holmes spent the last eight years in the United Kingdom, a stint which began with a move to English outfit AFC Bournemouth in 2013. The Australian custodian arrives in Queensland after his recent stint with National League side Ebbsfleet United, which began in 2019 and garnered 39 first-team appearances.

Holmes says he's watched his fair share of A-League football in the past, which helped to generate his interest in joining the Roar and accelerate his eagerness for the 2021/22 season to get underway.

"It's great to finally get the deal over the line," Holmes told the club website.

"There was interest from both ends and some interest in me from the A-League over the last couple of seasons.

"I haven't been home for a while due to COVID and with this massive opportunity and for the way of life, Australia was the best way to go for me.

"I've watched quite a bit of the league and got a lot of friends that play in the A-League. Obviously the Roar has a great a history, a very successful past. Hopefully I can help with that winning mentality and help bring some titles back here.

"But first and foremost for myself it's about playing some quality games and getting that consistency at the top level."

Holmes gloves up for a friendly fixture between Mexico and Australia at Marbella Municipal Stadium in June, 2021
Holmes gloves up for a friendly fixture between Mexico and Australia at Marbella Municipal Stadium in June, 2021

With former first-choice goalkeeper Jamie Young departing for a new opportunity at Western United next season, the door is ajar for Holmes to become Brisbane's number one moving forward. 

Holmes' first challenge as a Roar custodian could come as soon as this evening, when Moon's side host NPL Queensland leaders Peninsula Power in an FFA Cup Round of 32 matchup at Moreton Daily Stadium.

Moon has both Holmes and 22-year-old stopper Macklin Freke to pick between moving forward, a pair of goalkeepers with tremendous upside in the eyes of the Brisbane boss.

"It's great to finally have Jordan here and to see him settling in quickly with the group," Moon said.

"It was a long trip back to Australia for him but he's been with us for a few sessions now.

"Jordan comes to us at a great age and with a good level of experience already from his time in England.

"We think we have two very talented goalkeepers now in Jordan and Macklin Freke who have exciting careers ahead of them and will push each other for the number one spot all season.

"We have a lot of belief and confidence that they will do a great job for us."