Roar’s fi­nan­cial woe won’t dis­tract Ma­claren’s on- field fo­cus

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

NEW Bris­bane Roar re­cruit Jamie Ma­claren says he’s not spooked by the A- League club’s se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial prob­lems.

One of the com­pe­ti­tion’s most in­de­mand free agents, former Perth Glory striker Ma­claren ig­nored in­ter­est from sev­eral other clubs to pledge his fu­ture to the Roar. The 21- year- old touched down in Bris­bane on Sun­day and trained with his new team­mates for the first time yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Ma­claren’s sign­ing comes af­ter a tu­mul­tuous week for the club, in which play­ers were de­liv­ered their wages three weeks late, some staff were not paid and ma­jor spon­sor The Cof­fee Club de­cided not to re­new its lu­cra­tive front- of- shirt deal. But Ma­claren said he had been as­sured by coach John Aloisi that the Roar’s prob­lems were only tem­po­rary.

“I’m not both­ered about the stuff that goes on be­hind the scenes that I can’t con­trol,” he said “I’m here to play foot­ball.”

Lawrence Thomas and Jesse Maka- rounas have ex­tended their stay at ALeague cham­pi­ons Mel­bourne Vic­tory. Thomas, who kept goal and recorded clean sheets dur­ing Vic­tory’s suc­cess­ful fi­nals cam­paign, has signed on for an ad­di­tional two sea­sons.

Makarounas, who was re­stricted to a bit- part role in Vic­tory’s cham­pi­onship sea­son, has signed for one more sea­son.

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