Wanderer? No, Roar!

FORMER Western Sydney Wanderers hero and German youth international Jerome Polenz has joined Brisbane Roar, the club confirmed this evening. 

The 28-year-old utility player has been trialling with the current A-League champions since the middle of last month but has now signed a deal that will take him through to the end of the 2016/17season.

Brisbane Roar Director of Football Ken Stead said Polenz had worked hard in training over the past month.

“Jerome has fitted in well. He adds a lot of experience to the squad and will ensure a healthy competition for places in our team,” Stead said.

Polenz spent two seasons with Wanderers and was part of the team beaten 2-1 by Roar in last season’s A-League Grand Final.

He comes to Roar after a short stint with Norwegian First Division club Sarpsborg 08.

Polenz said he was excited to be back in the A-League and proud to be with the reigning champions.

“I will bring all my qualities to help Roar get back to the top of the table again,’’ he said.

Polenz played three times for the German under-19 team and once for their national under-20 team, including appearances at the European Under-19 Championships.

Although Polenz has not played since early November, he has done extensive fitness work in recent weeks and is expected to be considered for squad selection for Roar’s first game back after the Asian Cup break against Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium on February 2.