New signing Oar not too far off the pace
HE might be lacking match fitness, but star Brisbane Roar signing Tommy Oar is confident he can quickly get up to top speed.
The 28-capped Socceroo only arrived in Brisbane on Tuesday, and is highly unlikely to play against Western Sydney at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
He left English Championship side Ipswich Town five weeks ago after getting homesick, and said he had faced similar fitness situations in his five seasons with Utrecht in the Dutch Eredivisie, where injuries restricted him to just 117 games across all competitions. "I'm confident. With my career so far, there have been injuries where I've missed certain periods similar to this time frame, and in a matter of one or two weeks I've had to come back and play," Oar said.
"It's not something I'm completely foreign with. I think my condition isn't that bad.
"I'm really excited to get playing and hopefully having a big impact."
The Roar has dropped to third on the ladder after heavy losses to Perth and Adelaide United in the past two rounds, and won't find tonight's match against leaders Western Sydney any easier.
But Roar coach John Aloisi said it was no time to panic.
"We know if we stick to our structures and the way we can play, not losing the ball in certain areas ... we'll be fine," he said.
Aloisi refused to be drawn on whether goalkeeper Michael Theo would be dropped for Jamie Young, with a Theo fumble leading to Adelaide's second goal last Saturday. Roar skipper Matt McKay is an uncertain starter, with his wife due to give birth.