Adam Taggart will wear orange next season, and it is safe to say Brisbane Roar fans will be licking their lips about it.
The most prolific Australian striker in the A-League at present, Taggart is desperate to put the frustration of an injury-plagued season behind him and turn the head of incoming Socceroos coach Graham Arnold at Brisbane.
While injury restricted Taggart’s playing time at Perth Glory in the recent campaign, his form when fit was nothing short of sensational.
He netted nine goals in 14 appearances for the Glory – several of which were of world class calibre.
Given this hot run of form and reports of a lucrative offer to re-sign at Perth emerging, it may have surprised a few to learn that Taggart had signed with Brisbane.
However, according to Taggart himself, the move was a fairly straightforward decision.
“It was simple – the opportunity to work under John Aloisi is what sold me,” Taggart said in an exclusive interview with dailyfootballshow.com.
“One of my main goals is to get back amongst the Socceroos and Aloisi as an ex-striker is the perfect man to learn and develop under.
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“Perth didn’t have a coach and a lot of things were up in the air at the club, and there were a few other offers in the league, but nothing ticked all the boxes like Brisbane did.”
Similarly to Perth, the Roar performed below par last season.
Injuries, a dismal training surface for much of the season and backroom issues threatened to derail Brisbane’s campaign altogether, and while the club still managed to make a late surge to the finals, elimination at the hands of Melbourne City proved consolation at best for a club of the Roar’s standards.
However, Taggart was quick to declare Brisbane have their sights set on a turnaround of massive proportions next season.
“I’ve spoken to John (Aloisi) and it looks like they’ve turned things around a lot from last season,” he added.
“They have a new training facility ready for preseason and some fresh faces around the club to help with the footballing side of things.
“Up until last season they’ve been a finals contender for as long as I can remember, they’re already an established club and after at tough year I can’t see them letting the same things happen again.
“The club and I share the same hunger in terms of what we want to achieve in the league next season and that’s to be right up there with the best – that’s why I think its a good fit between us.”
Taggart’s relationship with Perth appeared to end on sour terms after board members Tony Sage and Peter Filopoulos labelled the star striker disloyal and a “liar” following his move to Brisbane.
While Taggart was initially flustered upon first reading the statements, he insists there is no bad blood still lingering between himself and his former club.
“When I first read them I was shocked to be honest,” Taggart said.
“Perth came out with a big statement and I’ve obviously released mine, but I’ve got no hard feelings towards the club.
“I can’t thank Perth enough for the last couple of years and wish them nothing but the best moving forward.”