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Whittaker: Deserved win at Man City

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Jan 24, 2010

Kluivert aiming to inspire flat Roar

The Brisbane Roar hope Dutch great Patrick Kluivert will inspire them to an unlikely A-League finals berth.

Holland's all-time leading scorer with 40 goals from 79 internationals, Kluivert will link with the Roar from this weekend on a two-week coaching stint.

He will arrive in Brisbane on Saturday and be introduced to the players and Suncorp Stadium crowd before that night's clash with competition leaders Sydney FC.

The Roar currently sit eighth on the A-League ladder with 27 points, four points behind sixth-placed Wellington, who have a game in hand with just three rounds to play.

Coach Ange Postecoglou believed Kluivert's short stint, possibly before he works with Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, would have both short and long term benefits for the Roar.

"Short term I believe this will help inspire the players to take their game to the next level," Postecoglou said.

"It's not often a player in this country gets to spend quality time working with, and learning from, one of the greatest players of the modern era.

"Long-term it is about building strong relationships outside of Australian football and using those contacts to strengthen the club."

On his return to Europe, Kluivert, 33, will act as an official ambassador for the Roar, which would include player-talent identification.

Brisbane expect to be boosted for their must-win home match against Sydney with attacking spark Henrique (hamstring) and defender Josh McCloughan (hip flexor) both hopeful of returning from injury.

The Roar, who drew 1-all with fellow battlers North Queensland last Saturday, finish the regular season with away matches against Adelaide and Perth.

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