Brisbane Roar has welcomed Luciano Trani to the club’s coaching staff as Assistant Coach.
Trani joins Head Coach Mike Mulvey, Conditioning Coach Ken Stead, National Youth League Coach Jeff Hopkins and Goalkeeping Coach Jason Kearton in the Roar’s football department.
“I’d like to thank Brisbane for giving me the opportunity to come back to the A-League,” Trani said.
“Since I’ve been here, I’ve found it exciting being at a club that has a certain philosophy and structures.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Mike and the rest of the coaching staff.”
Melbourne-born Trani has coached at fellow Hyundai A-League clubs Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United as well as with teams in the old National Soccer League (NSL).
He has also previously served as a coaching instructor with Football Federation Victoria.
“The advantages of being in the game for long enough are that you can draw on all those experiences and I can add that to what we’re doing here in Brisbane,” he said.
“That’s the benefit of working with clubs before at this level and I’ll be looking at things I can add that might be of benefit to the team and coaching staff.”
The appointment marks Trani’s second stint in the Queensland capital, having also coached under former Roar stalwart Stuart McLaren at Brisbane Strikers almost a decade ago.
“This time ten years ago, I was given an opportunity to be part of Brisbane Strikers and I can thank the late Dr Clem Jones for that initial chance to come to Queensland,” he said.
“I still have fond memories of my time here and it’s been great bumping into some familiar faces.”
Brisbane’s pre-season campaign is in full swing with the Roar beating Brisbane Strikers 11-0 last night.
The next pre-season match is against Brisbane Premier League side Wynnum Wolves at Carmichael Park, Tingalpa next Tuesday night at 7pm.