Aloisi set to sign Brisbane Roar contract extension
JOHN Aloisi's London-based agent Frank Trimboli will be in Australia this week to finalise the coach's new Roar deal.
Trimboli, Aloisi and Brisbane Roar managing director Mark Kingsman are attending Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier between Australia and United Arab Emirates in Sydney, where they will also meet to lock in a contract that will keep Aloisi in Brisbane for at least another two seasons.
Aloisi's retention will ensure his brother and assistant coach Ross Aloisi also stays with the club beyond this year.
Ross Aloisi is serving a four-game sideline ban for breaching Football Federation Australia's national code of conduct following his tunnel altercation with Adelaide United assistant coach Jacobo Ramallo, but retains the full support of Roar officials.
The Courier-Mail can also reveal that John Aloisi met with Aga Bakrie, the son of Roar owner Nirwan Bakrie, on the club's visit to Japan this month for their AFC Champions League clash against Kashima Antlers.
It was the first time Aloisi had met with a member of the Bakrie family.
In a further sign that the Bakrie Group remain committed to their ownership of the club, Aga is expected to attend a Roar match during the upcoming A-League finals series.
While the Aloisis are staying, the Roar's medical staff is being overhauled.
Following former head of high performance Karl Dodd out the door is the club's medical co-ordinator Tony Ganter and head physiotherapist Sep Rafiee. It ends the Roar's link with Ganter's Allsports Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine company.
Ganter and Rafiee finish this week, with the club's new medical partners - understood to be Physioactive - to be on board for the Roar's home clash against Central Coast Mariners on Sunday night.
Depending on the result of the Sydney FC-Melbourne City match on Saturday night, the Roar - 1-0 weekend winners over second-placed Melbourne Victory - could move into third spot on the ladder with a draw or a win against the last-placed Mariners.
A place in the top four will guarantee the Roar a finals game at Suncorp Stadium.
This weekend they will again be without suspended goalkeeper Michael Theo and injured pair Matt McKay (knee) and Tommy Oar (hamstring).
John Aloisi said he was impressed with the performance of Theo's deputy Jamie Young against the Victory.