Brisbane Roar have added experienced mentor Darren Davies to their coaching staff for the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Season.
Davies has an impressive resume, including six seasons at Melbourne Victory where he worked under both Ange Postecoglou and Kevin Muscat, while he was also a part of the coaching staff for the Caltex Socceroos at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
He also worked as a Head Coach at the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS), taking charge of future Hyundai A-League players such as Brandon Borrello.
“I’m thoroughly enjoying being back. I’ve been away a little while but I loved my time at the QAS. We had a good bunch of players and a lot of those went on to play for the Roar and I’ve followed their careers," Davies said.
“I’ve always had a soft spot for Brisbane. Everybody has made me feel really welcome.
“First and foremost, the playing group have been phenomenal. There’s a real hunger to improve and learn and they have been excellent. It really gives you an appetite to come in and do right by them.”
Following six years at the Victory, under the guidance of Postecoglou and Kevin Muscat, the Welshman is excited by the opportunity to move north where he'll work alongside John Aloisi and his brother Ross, who is also an assistant at the club.
“I enjoyed myself at the Victory and I had some very good times there,” Davies continued.
“My loyalty is with Brisbane Roar and John [Aloisi] and I’ll be doing everything to make sure we beat them, both this weekend and throughout the season.
“When John rang me a few months ago and suggested I come onboard, my mind was instantly made up. I have enormous respect for both him and Ross [Aloisi].
"I knew the kind of culture that they had developed within the club and that I would fit straight in."
Roar will travel to Morwell, Victoria this Saturday, 1 September for a mouthwatering pre-season fixture against Victory.
The match kicks-off at 2.30pm (AEST) in another crucial hitout for both clubs ahead of the 2018/19 Season.
BRFC Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Coaching Team
Head Coach - John Aloisi
Assistant Coach - Ross Aloisi
Assistant Coach - Darren Davies
Goalkeeping Coach - Jason Kearton