Lopez 'very excited' ahead of Roar's season opener

Alex Lopez said he is impressed by Brisbane Roar’s range of midfield options ahead of the club’s Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season opener against Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.

The Spanish schemer will add silk and steel to the Roar’s options in the middle of the pitch as they aim to start the season with a home victory against the Mariners.

Lopez said a variety of unique midfield options, including captain Matt McKay and Thomas Kristensen, will ensure there is high competition for places in Aloisi’s midfield composition.

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“I think that this is very important,” he said.

“For me the most important thing in football is the midfield. I think that Matt [McKay] is a good player, a player with experience.

“But we are different players, different styles."

A self-described box-to-box midfielder, the 30-year-old last played for Sporting Gijon but has significant La Liga experience after a a seven-year tenure at Celta Vigo.

Lopez, who signed for the Roar in September, said he is slowly getting up to speed and adapting to life in Australia thanks to the help of his Brisbane teammates.

“I am very excited," he continued.

“My last game was three or four months ago. But I can’t wait to start the season.

"I think that we are a good team, we play good football – I want to start.

“I am happy to be here. I need to improve my English but my teammates are good people and help me with everything.”