Brisbane Roar remain “cautiously optimistic” of a loan deal for FC Utrecht’s Adam Sarota as the fringe Socceroo seeks to ratchet up his game time ahead of the Asian Cup in January.
The 25-year-old midfielder has spent the past four seasons in the Dutch topflight but injury has curtailed his first team opportunities.
Sarota made Ange Postecoglou’s preliminary 30-man World Cup squad but missed the cut for Brazil.
The former Roar player now looks set for a return to his old stomping ground as the club prepares to defend their 2013/14 premiership and championship titles.
“We’re cautiously optimistic,” Roar managing director Sean Dobson told the Courier Mail regarding Sarota’s return.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou made it clear only recent injury was stopping the Queenslander from playing a bigger role in the national team
“Adam’s just come off a knee reconstruction – this is his first year,” Postecoglou said in May.
“(He’s) worked hard to get back into first team regular football. We weren’t confident with the intensity we’re training and the tempo he’d be able to carry through.
“I think, even for himself, it is best that he gets a good preseason under his belt. He knows that he can play at that level again and come back stronger.”
In 2010 Sarota and fellow Roar players, Michael Zullo and Tommy Oar were signed by Utrecht on three-year deals.
Sarota’s signature would give Roar a formidable outfit heading into the 2014/15 A-League campaign as they seek to back up last season’s heroics.1 comment