Postecoglou to make Roar hurt

Brisbane Roar's Hyundai A-League season might be over but coach Ange Postecoglou will make sure that if the players staying aren't hurting from the disappointing season then they soon will be.

Brisbane Roar's Hyundai A-League season might be over but coach Ange Postecoglou will make sure that if the players staying aren't hurting from the disappointing season then they soon will be.

Postecoglou took over a team from Frank Farina that had a poor start to the season and under his guidance they did make a charge towards the finals until it ended in the last fortnight of the campaign.

Even if they snuck into the finals that would not have pleased him, though, as he wants the Roar to be a serious championship threat and he won't be going easy on the group of players that are remaining or arriving to join him for the 2010/11 season.

"The ultimate test will be pre-season because they're going to work harder than they ever have before and if losing doesn't hurt them, pre-season will. We'll sort out who is up for the challenge because it is a massive challenge, but I think there's massive potential there that if we get it right we can build something special," Postecoglou said.

"I'm certainly not going to let the players off and say that we'll just wipe off the season, they have to hurt for what's happened this year. I've seen signs with the younger ones and others that we are keeping that they realise that now."

Postecoglou will keep them training for a couple more weeks before a break ahead of the pre-season and he is going to be extra careful with the group he puts together for his first full season in charge.

"It depends how much the players are hurting from this from the ones we are going to keep. The character of the ones we bring in will be ultra important and you can get away with it here in Australia. You can finish sixth and say that you're a success, but I don't see it that way," he said.

"If we had of snuck into the finals it wouldn't have changed the fact that we need to improve a hell of a lot in every department. We'll keep them training another few weeks and then give them a good break before coming back into training mid-April."

Craig Moore, Charlie Miller and Liam Reddy are among the senior players that Postecoglou will now work on replacing as he's happy with the young players he has at his disposal including Tommy Oar, Luke DeVere, Henrique and Adam Sarota.

"We've let some senior players go this year that we haven't replaced, we've known that for a while and have been working hard to make sure we do replace them when the time is right. We just need some experience in the team that's all," he said.

"Tommy Oar, Sarota and DeVere were excellent again in this game and they will be fantastic players for us. Henrique is starting to look a little more dangerous and we just need some more experience to help those guys out in key areas and that's what we are focusing on."

Postecoglou has attempted to rebuild the team since taking over, but acknowledges it didn't work as he would have liked and he's hoping he can really make his imprint on the group now that can put things in place with a game to prefer for each week.

"It's a lot easier to rebuild once you don't have games every week, there's no doubt about it. We tried to juggle both and rebuild whilst the season was on, and you'd have to say that we didn't succeed with that," he said.

"From my point of view, it doesn't change what we've done or where we're heading. If anything it reinforces it more that we need to rebuild this group and I'm confident that we'll be a different side next season."