BRISBANE Roar are aiming for a staggering membership increase of almost 74 per cent from their current wooden spoon numbers by the time they kick off the A-League season in October.
The Roar’s current membership total is abysmal, with the club having only 1413 members as of Monday.
It’s the lowest of the 10 A-League clubs and a staggering 18,951 less than membership leaders Melbourne Victory.
The Roar will today send out a bulk email to their supporters to renew the membership drive they only started on August 10.
Recently appointed Roar managing director Mark Kingsman said he was not too concerned about the club’s current membership plight and was hopeful of getting numbers up to the same level as last season – about 5300 – by the time the Roar host Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium on October 7.
“I’d be worried if 1400-1500 was the number of members we had when the season starts,” said Kingsman, who was confident of numbers picking up over the next five to six weeks.
“We’re aiming to have the same membership numbers we had at the end of the last season by the time the new A-League season starts.”
Kingsman also set a crowd target of more than 15,000, hopefully closer to 20,000, for the season-opening Roar-Victory clash.
The Roar continue their preparations with a trial against fellow A-League club Central Coast Mariners on Saturday week at Corporate Travel Management Stadium, Newmarket.
The Mariners on Monday confirmed the coaching appointment of Socceroos great Paul Okon, who replaces the sacked Tony Walmsley.
“I feel very excited and can’t wait to get started,” said Okon about the challenge of lifting last season’s cellar dwellers up the ladder.
“Hopefully I can bring something to the club and get the Central Coast Mariners back to where we all want them to be and that’s winning football games.”
Roar coach John Aloisi was yesterday confident of having Tommy Oar fit for the trial.
Attacking weapon Oar injured his knee in the Roar’s 4-0 weekend trial win over a Brisbane Premier League Select team at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre.
A-League club membership numbers as of Monday, August 29
Melb. Victory –20,364
WS Wanderers – 16,876
Sydney FC ¬ 8501
Melb. City ¬7746
Newcastle Jets – 6632
Adel. Utd ¬ 5718
Perth Glory ¬ 5469
Cent Coast – 3461
Well Phoenix – 1874
Bris Roar – 1413
© 2016 The Courier Mail | This article was written by Marco Monteverde and first appeared on the Courier Mail website on 29 August 2016.