Young gun’s looking to fire again for Roar
BRANDON Borello has been rewarded for his dynamic start to the A-League season with the October nomination for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year award.
The 20-year-old has scored four times in four games for Brisbane Roar to help take his club to second on the ladder.
Borello, who has formed a strong partnership up front with new recruit Jamie Maclaren, will look to continue his strong performances tonight when the Roar takes on top side Sydney FC, which has the meanest defence in the competition, at Allianz Stadium.
"It's been a great month for me and the team," he said.
"It is always an honour to win awards and particularly a prestigious award like this. Hopefully I can continue my good form.
"But we don't want to get ahead of ourselves. We just have to keep working hard week in, week out and the goals will come and we can show the rest of the A-League what the Roar is about this season."
Roar coach John Aloisi said it was great to see that the likes of Borello and Maclaren making their mark and said he and senior players could play their part in helping them further their careers.
"It's always exciting when you have younger players coming through," he said.
"It's not only myself helping them but the likes of Thomas Broich and Matt McKay."
Graham Arnold has been working hard on the Sydney defence this season and it seems to be paying off. The Sky Blues have conceded only two goals in four games, but with Borello and Maclaren in good form, this could be their sternest test so far.
Maclaren has certainly made an impact since signing from Perth Glory in the off-season.
Of the 10 goals Brisbane has scored in this campaign, the front man has been directly involved in half of them. He has scored three and also laid on two goals for Borrello.