Roar players in dark over Fowler's return

Brisbane Roar striker Dylan Wenzel-Halls admits the A-League club's players don't know the plan to get coach Robbie Fowler back in the country.

Brisbane Roar head coach ROBBIE FOWLER.
Brisbane Roar head coach ROBBIE FOWLER. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

They're back in training ahead of an A-League restart but Brisbane players admit they're in the dark about the future of Roar coach Robbie Fowler.

The Roar squad began preparations for the resumption of the 2019-20 campaign next month at their Logan headquarters on Friday, with assistant Darren Davies at the helm.

Liverpool legend Fowler and his right-hand man Tony Grant remain in England having travelled back there following the suspension of the league due to the COVID-19 crisis in March.

Despite remaining hopeful Fowler would return to Australia soon, young striker Dylan Wenzel-Halls admitted players had no idea when both he and Grant would be back at the club.

"Obviously the boss has been great throughout the season, he's just got us to where we are now," Wenzel-Halls said.

"Everyone's hoping he's coming back but that's out of our control.

"So we're just in here to work hard and hopefully start back where we left off before COVID."

When Fowler and Grant do return to Australia, they will need to complete a 14-day quarantine period before being able to get back to training and matches.

The uncertainty over the coach is just one issue Roar players have had to overcome in recent weeks, with the league's future also up in the air amid ongoing discussions between the FFA and broadcaster Fox Sports.

Goalkeeper Jamie Young said returning to training would be a welcome distraction from those uncertainties for players across the country.

"It is concerning because you know, it's like an elephant in the room," Young said.

"We all know it's there, but that's just one of the challenges of our sport in this country.

"We have to be able to manage those situations.

"We're back and have normality, a routine ... we have to just concentrate on kicking balls again which is great."


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