Roy still learning at 34

WHEN Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler is your coach, you are never too old to learn.

Just ask 34-year-old Brisbane Roar forward Roy O'Donovan, who laps up the advice former England international marksman Fowler provides on a daily basis.

"It's great to have a striker's perspective on everything," O'Donovan said.

 

Roy O'Donovan (left) celebrates with Bribsane Roar teammate Connor O’Toole (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)
Roy O'Donovan (left) celebrates with Bribsane Roar teammate Connor O’Toole (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

 

"I consider myself to have good movement, to be a good goalscorer, but you can better.

"(Fowler) gives me that little edge, that's perfect for me. At this stage in my career to have the little nuggets of gold from him, it's great.

"We did a little bit of work (yesterday), little movements, little ways to conserve energy … it's fantastic for me.

"It's been a pleasure to work with him, and he's a good bloke as well, which really helps."

The Irish striker, who moved to the Roar from the Newcastle Jets, has a point to prove when the A-League season kicks off next month.

Injuries and suspension cut into his two years at the Jets, but he still managed to score 20 times in 33 A-League appearances for Newcastle.

Including this time at Central Coast Mariners, O'Donovan has 39 A-League goals in 80 appearances.

"It's a big year for me," he said.

"I want to get a full season, play every game, stay fit, stay right, (and) score as many goals as possible.

"I've been unfortunate. I missed a lot of last season, the season before when I was going really well, so touch wood, this is the year where it all kicks into place and it's a great year for me and Brisbane Roar."

The Roar left Wednesday for a Hervey Bay camp, which will conclude on Saturday with a match against a Wide Bay Select team.

On Saturday week, Brisbane host NPL Queensland champions Gold Coast Knights at Logan Metro Sports Park before ending their pre-season campaign with a game against Peninsula Power at AJ Kelly Park on October 5.

"We've still got a lot of work to do," O'Donovan said.

"Considering we've got 12 new players, the progress has been excellent.

"Every week it's got better, every pre-season game we play, every training session, I feel like I'm getting used to playing with the people around me.

"They're starting to know my runs and I'm sure everybody feels the same position-wise.

"It's exciting coming into the new season. Everything is fresh but it's important that we jell now before the first (A-League) game against Perth Glory (on October 13)."

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