Brisbane Roar have today confirmed the re-signing of midfielders Joe Caletti and Jacob Pepper for the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season.
18-year-old Caletti broke into Roar's first team in Round 20 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season and made an instant impact with his composure on the ball and well-timed defensive interventions.
Brisbane coach John Aloisi said he was pleased with Caletti’s development as a footballer on and off the field.
“We know Joey is a talented footballer who has already shown the ability to make a strong contribution to our side,” Aloisi said.
“His hard work and patience both on and off the pitch last season translated into some extremely positive performances.
“Joey, although still only young, will be an important member of this year’s squad we believe.”
Caletti’s emergence as a dependable midfield option was rewarded at the Brisbane Roar Awards Night, where he took home the Breakthrough Player Award for 2016/17.
Brisbane’s No.8 Jacob Pepper will also remain with the Club, after moving to the Roar from Western Sydney Wanderers prior to the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.
“Jacob is an incredibly versatile footballer who trains hard every single session. His ability to help push his teammates each and every day is invaluable to our squad,” Aloisi said.
“With another hectic playing schedule ahead in 2017/18, Jacob will be called upon in helping to bring success to our team.”
Pepper, a former Australian U23 representative, made 12 appearances for Brisbane during the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.