Brisbane Roar’s Jamie Maclaren has lavished praise on coach and former striker John Aloisi and says he “couldn’t think of a better manager to work with”.
Maclaren has started the A-League season brightly, with two goals and two assists for Roar, after his off-season switch from Perth Glory.
The 22-year-old told FourFourTwo that Aloisi was “the biggest factor” in his decision to join Roar despite the club’s off-season financial problems.
Three months after joining the club, Maclaren’s enthusiasm hasn’t dimmed, revealing he’s loving the opportunity to work under the famous former Socceroos striker.
“I knew coming to Brisbane there was always that dark cloud hanging over but I was reassured by John and the coaching staff that that would be fixed and he basically wanted to help develop my game,” Maclaren told FourFourTwo.
“As soon as I got the call from John I wanted to come to Brisbane immediately. He had a vision and he had things he wanted to do.
“John being an ex-striker, it was a no-brainer for me. I know he can take my game to the next level.
“I couldn’t think of a better manager to do that.”
Many commentators felt Brisbane were taking a gamble in hiring Aloisi in the off-season, after an inglorious time at Melbourne Heart where he went 17 games without a win.
The World Cup play-off penalty hero has begun positively on the field with two wins from three games and looks to have the full support of his players.
“If there’s things I’m not doing right, he’ll pinpoint it," former Blackburn Rovers junior Maclaren said. "He has done in the past and I’ll work on it.
“That’s what a young striker like myself needs to hear, it’s a bit of a reality check.
“He’ll say things like you’re getting in great positions, but now you need to put the ball in the back of the net.
“Even in training he’s always pulling me aside and giving me tips on where to be.
“Like I said I couldn’t have asked for a better manager to coach me.”
Maclaren netted nine league goals for Glory last term, but struggled to regularly break into the starting XI, with Andy Keogh preferred.
The Olyroo took a veiled swipe at Glory when discussing Brisbane’s style of play which has impressed onlookers this term.
“Brisbane play some great football and always have,” he said.
“It’s great to be a part of a team with an attacking mentality who want to score goals, win games and keep the ball the whole 90 minutes.”
With regular starts forthcoming at Brisbane, Maclaren added: “John has put some faith into me and I need to re-pay that faith.
“It’s been a good start but there’s a lot more I can work on and a lot more he can help me with, so I hope it’s the start of something really good.”1 comment