Former Roar striker staying in Brisbane

Brisbane-based community club Rochedale Rovers have announced a coup with the signing of former Brisbane Roar forward Jean Carlos Solorzano.

Confirmation of the Costa Rican’s arrival follows his debut in Friday night’s Westfield FFA Cup Preliminary Round 7 defeat to Redlands United, where Solorzano started and assisted Rochedale’s opening goal.

Capped once at senior international level, the 28-year-old was released by Brisbane in April after an injury-hit second stint at the club.

Solorzano’s signing for Rochedale – currently third in the Flight Centre Premier League – follows just days after PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues side Olympic FC captured fellow Roar stalwart Shane Stefanutto.

Shane Stefanutto (retired)

Rovers coach Scott MacNicol believes the Hyundai A-League veteran will add invaluable know-how to his ambitious squad.

“(Jean Carlos) is looking forward to the challenge facing Rovers as we aim to cement our place in the Flight Centre Premier League top four,” MacNicol said.

“His experience at the top levels of the game will be a great benefit to our players, especially the young boys coming through the junior ranks at Rovers.”

Solorzano is one of a number of former Hyundai A-League players plying their trade in Queensland’s community football competitions, with the likes of Australia youth international Wayne Shroj turning out for Mareeba Bulls in Cairns.