Oar won't be rushed despite Roar form

Brisbane Roar may have gone three games without a win and slipped to third but they won’t rush boom new recruit Tommy Oar into the side.

The new Roar signing only arrived in Brisbane two days ago following five weeks without a club where he admitted he had become “underdone”.

Oar won’t play in Friday’s huge clash with leaders Western Sydney Wanderers, while coach John Aloisi was non-committal about any potential debut against upcoming opponents Melbourne Victory or City in the following two rounds.

The arrival of Oar is timely for Brisbane who have suffered successive heavy defeats to Adelaide United (3-0) and Perth Glory (6-3) following a 2-2 home draw with Newcastle Jets.

Their recent form slump has led some pundits to suggest they’ll slide out of the premiership race, but that won’t force Roar to rush the 24-year-old Socceroo who believes he needs a few weeks.

“I don’t want to put a timeframe on it,” Oar said. 

“I’ll see how I handle the load I’m doing and how quickly I can recover. 

“To be honest, I feel quite good so I’m confident with a weeks hard work under my belt, it’s only a matter of one or two weeks.”

Aloisi also preferred not to earmark a potential debut date.

“It’s a difficult one to say. He’s just started training with us and he hasn’t done much in the last five weeks,” Aloisi said. 

“Whether he’ll be right for Victory or City I’m not sure. We’re not only looking for now and making sure Tommy is right for us.”

Oar hasn’t played in the A-League since 2010 but said he was impressed by the level of professionalism nowadays at Brisbane, comparing it to the Netherlands where he spent five years with Utrecht.

The Southport-born winger added that his decision to return home after severing ties with English Championship club Ipswich Town was “ambitious” and with the Socceroos in mind.

“There’s been a trend over the last few years with a lot of Socceroos coming back,” he said. 

“To be honest, I wasn’t really sure where my future was going to lie. When Moorey (Roar football operations manager Craig Moore) and Matt McKay were telling me to come back to Brisbane, it was very appealing seeing as I’m from here. 

“I’m confident playing here I can find my best form and hold me in good stead for the Socceroos.”

He added: “When I spoke to Ange (Postecoglou) about possibly coming to the A-League he was very supportive.”

Meanwhile, Aloisi refused to confirm whether he’d stick with under-pressure goalkeeper Michael Theo, but ruled out the injured James Donachie for Friday’s Wanderers clash.

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Aloisi - you cannot afford not to play Oar and Broich in tomorrow 's game against Wanderers or play Theo (full of holes at the moment). Another disastrous game and you're out. Wake up to your responsibility.