A-League champions Brisbane Roar will size up three European striker as they look to replace departing striker Besart Berisha.
Triumphant Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey has a shortlist and will travel to Europe next week in an attempt to sign a replacement for departing striker Besart Berisha.
Melbourne Victory-bound Berisha played his last match in a superb three-year stint at the Roar in Sunday night’s 2-1 A-League grand final win over Western Sydney Wanderers.
While Mulvey was full of praise for the Albanian international’s efforts in scoring 48 goals from 75 matches, he’s wasting no time in filling the void.
The Roar have pinpointed three potential strikers who they think can help the club take the next step by succeeding in the Asian Champions League.
“I’m already looking at next season just planning a trip next week to hopefully go and sign a new player,” Mulvey said.
“You can’t stand still, because if you stand still you get run over.
“There’s three I’m going to look at. It’s difficult because the (European) season is virtually over. I’ve had people watching them for me.
“The information I’ve got is they’re all the right people. I just have to meet them face to face now.”
Mulvey admitted it was a huge shame the `Killer B’ combination of Berisha and Thomas Broich, the league’s best import, had to be broken up but stressed Brisbane can still succeed without the fiery striker.
“You’ve seen this year that without Bes we have performed quite well so it’s not like it’s something that `Oh my god, we have to do it!’,” he said.
“But you see the importance of Bes in the big (finals) games against Victory and Wanderers.”
Berisha, the 2011-12 Golden Boot, scored the match-winner in last week’s 1-0 semi-final win against Melbourne and produced the 86th-minute equaliser in the grand final.
As well as aiming to convert their success from the A-League to the ACL next season, the Roar want their third title in four years to lift average crowds from 15,000 to 20,000-plus at Suncorp Stadium.
“We do not shy away from the fact our goal is to be the No.1 club in Australia and Asia,” he said.