VETERAN RECRUIT: Massimo Maccarone is set for his Roar A-League Friday night.
VETERAN RECRUIT: Massimo Maccarone is set for his Roar A-League Friday night. DARREN ENGLAND

Dad's Army tag not a worry for Roar coach Aloisi

BRISBANE Roar coach John Aloisi says he is unconcerned about the Dad's Army tag put on his team, saying his band of 30-something players form part of the strongest-ever squad at the club.

Italian striker Massimo Maccarone at 38 is the oldest recruit with 34-year-old Fahid Ben Khalfallah also coming across from Melbourne Victory.

Maccarone, who had spells in Serie A with Empoli and Middlesbrough in the English Premier League, is tasked with filling the boots of top scorer Jamie Maclaren and is set to make his debut for the Roar at home to Melbourne City in the A-League opener tomorrow night.

"Hopefully pre-season has shown that we can expect quite a bit from him," Aloisi said.

"No one will ever doubt his pedigree, what he's achieved in his career and he's looking fit, he's fitted in really well with the players.

"They understand the way he plays and he's understanding the way his teammates are playing now.

"He's score goals but not only that, he actually combines really well with his teammates."

The Roar now has 10 players at or over the age of 30 in their ranks but Aloisi was not fazed by that statistic, with other new signings Corey Gameiro (24) and Peter Skapetis (22) adding some youth to the squad.

"I'm not worried really because the likes of Matt McKay, he's been here a long time and at 34 years of age, he's still our fittest player," Aloisi said.

"We've got also some good young players. We've got a good balance in our squad.

"We're happy with the squad we've put together.

"We believe in what we're doing and we know the players are winners.

"The players we've brought in have won a lot in their careers so we're happy with the squad we've assembled."

Aloisi is waiting on news of a visa for 30-year-old new French signing Eric Bautheac.

When that is completed, the winger will add to what already looks like a strong unit with the injured Thomas Kristensen also to come back into contention next week.

"This is probably the strongest squad that we've assembled in terms of depth and different types of players," Aloisi said earlier this week.

"We've got players that can make a real impact, then we've got quality player like Ben Khalfallah and Brett Holman that can create something, Maccarone gives us a new dimension as he links up really well.

"We're quite solid in that we have the same sort of backline, same midfield. We're excited about this season, we've really improved through pre-season."

with David Davutovic