The Courier-Mail

Roar man joins Cup campaign

- MARCO MONTEVERDE

BRISBANE Roar assistant coach Josh McCloughan has been added to Ange Postecoglo­u’s staff for the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan.

The Socceroos meet Bangladesh in Perth next Thursday and take on Tajikistan in Dushanbe on September 8.

Part of John Aloisi’s coaching team at the Roar as well as the club’s under-18 coach, McCloughan is highly regarded by Postecoglo­u.

“Josh is a good young coach who has been working in our system for a while and he will be with us in Perth and Tajikistan for experience,” Postecoglo­u said.

“He has done some scouting work for the Socceroos and went away with the under 17s so he has already been in our coaching system.

“As part of our long-term football strategy it is important that we align everything we do from the Socceroos right down through our national teams to the Joeys.

“As players progress through the pathway they need to know what is expected of them on and off the field so players can make seamless transition­s when they are called into squads.

“Central to that strategy is having all national team coaches implement the same systems and attitudes throughout the system, and we bring the national team coaches from the under-age teams into camps for experience so they can get a feel for what we expect of our Socceroos and all national team players.”

Roar trio James Donachie, Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello have been named in a 23-man Olyroos squad for away friendlies next month against the under-21 teams of Turkey and Macedonia.

The Aurelio Vidmarcoac­hed squad includes Bundaberg product Josh Brillante, who is playing for Empoli.

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