Brett Holman will be back in Roar colours for another season. Picture: Dan Peled/AAP
Brett Holman will be back in Roar colours for another season. Picture: Dan Peled/AAP

Roar rolls dice with former Socceroo Holman

FORMER Socceroos star Brett Holman has signed a new one-year deal with Brisbane Roar.

The 34-year-old playmaker is one of two players to recommit to the Roar this week, with emerging striker Nick D'Agostino extending his stay at the three-time A-League champion by two more seasons.

Holman's future had been clouded after an injury-affected 2017-18 season in which he made just 13 A-League starts.

The ex-Aston Villa midfielder impressed late in the season as the Roar went on a good run to finish in the top six, but he was ruled out of Brisbane's semi-final with Melbourne City due to a knee injury.

That match ended the Roar's season, with the side going down 2-0 

However, Holman is set to be fit for the start of pre-season training next month.

"I'm really happy to continue my playing career in Brisbane and I can't wait to wear orange again in 2018-19," Holman said.

"It's onwards and upwards from here and I'm excited about what the future holds. The group is hungry for success and I'm looking forward to helping the team challenge for another title."

Previously one of the Roar's two marquee players, Holman will be paid from within the salary cap, freeing up a marquee spot in Brisbane's squad.

D'Agostino's future had also been uncertain, as the 20-year-old marksman's most recent A-League appearance was in December.

After a lengthy battle with foot and ankle problems, D'Agostino returned to action last weekend for the Roar's youth team in the NPL Queensland competition.

D'Agostino said he was "honoured" to have extended his time at the club.

"The culture here is second to none and I can't wait for next season to begin," D'Agostino said.

Nick D'Agostino hams it up during the Star Wars round. Picture: Liam Kidston
Nick D'Agostino hams it up during the Star Wars round. Picture: Liam Kidston

"My aim is to continue to work hard on improving my game as I want to score goals and help the side win matches."

Brisbane also hopes to re-sign the versatile Ivan Franjic. Negotiations continue with the member of the Socceroos' 2015 Asian Cup-winning squad.

Former Perth Glory striker Adam Taggart and ex-Danish international winger Tobias Mikkelsen head the list of the Roar's off-season signings, who also include forward Dylan Wenzel-Halls from NPLQ club Western Pride.



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