Signing news: Brown makes Brisbane return

Corey Brown has returned home to the Brisbane Roar after being released by Melbourne Victory.

The River City-native made three starts and three substitute appearances for Victory in 2019/20 and was let go following the appointment of Carlos Salvachua as head coach on Thursday.

The 26-year-old started 21 of his 23 appearances during head coach Kevin Muscat’s final season in charge of the Navy Blue in 2018/19 but lost his starting left-back spot to Adam Traore.

Brown turned out 88 times in the Hyundai A-League for the Queenslanders during a six-season spell between 2013 and 2018, and played 15 times in their Premiership-Championship double-winning season in 2013/14.

Roar head coach Robbie Fowler has operated with Jack Hingert at left wing-back in recent weeks, although the versatile Brown can fill a number of roles across defence and midfield.

Brown was awarded the Gary Wilkins Medal for being Roar’s player of the season in 2016/17 and the local boy could not hide his excitement about his homecoming.

MATCH PREVIEW: Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix
NEWS: Brown released by Melbourne Victory

“I love this city, I’m happy to be back at the club – the club that I grew up with,” Brown told the club website.

“I’m really looking forward to earning my spot and winning with this team.

“I do have a point to prove. The reason I’m back at this club is to earn game time and win for this team, the members and fans & importantly, the club.

“The club has come a long way in the last couple of years. I have seen so much improvement throughout the club and I’m looking forward to getting back out in front of the fans and giving back to them for their support.”

Opta Widget: Brown Hingert

SIGNING NEWS: Spain international Susaeta moves to Melbourne City
SIGNING NEWS: Wanderers land ex-Premier League striker Cox

Watch Live and Free

Click here to buy tickets

Brisbane Roar v Wellington Phoenix
Saturday, 18 January 2020
Suncorp Stadium
Kick off: 4pm local, 5pm AEDT
Broadcast: ABC TV, FOX Sports 505
Stream: MyFootball Live App, Kayo Sports, ABC iView 

ROUND 15: How to watch Hyundai A-League Round 15
ROUND 14: Team of the Week