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Roar still eyeing off A-League three-peat

Brisbane Roar CEO Sean Dobson believes the club's huge recruitment drive during the transfer period is proof they haven't given up on an A-League title three-peat.

The Roar have copped some flack after parting company with popular stars Erik Paartalu, Nick Fitzgerald and Rocky Visconte.

But they've been extremely active, signing four new faces during the transfer window, including young Dutch striker Stef Nijland.

Nijland, who signed with Roar on loan from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, joins Socceroo defender Jade North, former Bayern Munich and Melbourne Victory player Julius Davies and ex-Gold Coast midfielder Steven Lustica as the new recruits.

"Take a look at our signings, I think we've been the most active club in January almost ever in the A-League," Dobson told AAP on Tuesday.

"We've got a Socceroo (North) with 40-odd caps and two World Cups; a kid that's represented at every level for Holland (Nijland) signed by one of the biggest clubs in Europe (PSV Eindhoven), a kid that was signed to Bayern Munich at 14 (Davies) who's back in Australia and another kid (Lustica) who was picked up from the Gold Coast to go to Croatia on a four year deal who's back on loan.

"If you've given up on a season you don't work that hard to get those deals across the line to add something new to your squad."

Despite some concerns as to whether Nijland, who has had an injury plagued career, will handle the physical A-League, Dobson believes he could change the dynamics of the Roar and have rivals guessing with their new look.

"He's got so much pace, he's a tall lad, very skilful and strong with both feet," said Dobson.

"He'll create a little bit of doubt because sides have been playing a similar line-up at the front for a few years."

Dobson said 24-year-old Nijland was match-fit and could take the field against the table-topping Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.

"He's quick, he's young and he's really excited about getting here," he said.

If Brisbane, currently one point outside the top six, could complete the title hat-trick Dobson feels it would certainly help under-fire coach Mike Mulvey's cause.

"If you get a grand final win it would be very, very hard not to retain the coach, especially when you consider the circumstances he came into the job behind," he said.

"There's no guarantees."

Meanwhile the Roar will donate all profits from general tickets sales for Friday night's game to the Red Cross Queensland Floods Appeal.


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