Bautheac fills left midfield gap
Brisbane Roar have boosted their attacking options ahead of the new A-League campaign by signing Eric Bautheac from Lille.
The left midfielder has joined on a two-year deal, becoming coach John Aloisi's sixth off-season signing. The 30-year-old has played 172 Ligue 1 games and scored 26 goals, as well as providing 25 assists.
He joins Italian marquee Massimo Maccarone, Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Corey Gameiro, Mitch Oxborrow and Petros Skapetis as new arrivals at the Roar.
The Frenchman, who previously played for AS Cannes, Dijon and Nice, said a wish to broaden his horizons had led to his decision to join the A-League side.
"My wish was to play abroad, discover a new country, a new culture and offer my children a crazy adventure," he said. "It was not an easy decision, as (Australia's) on the other side of the world, but today I need a new challenge in my career, in my life."
Aloisi is happy that the Roar have recruited a player with Bautheac's pedigree, and said he was the left-sided attacker he had been patiently searching for.
"We believe his pace and European experience will cause opposition defences plenty of problems," said the coach.
Bautheac played 17 times for Lille last season, but was sidelined for three months with an an osteitis pubis injury. His signing fills the gap left by the departures of Tommy Oar, Brandon Borello and Manuel Arana.
He joins the Roar in the wake of their 3-0 win over Olympic FC in their latest friendly. New signings Skapetis and Maccarone both found the target at Goodwin Park, with Shannon Brady adding the third goal.
Brisbane are 80/1 to win the 2017/18 Grand Final while the Roar are 3/1 to win their first game of the league season against Melbourne City, who are 17/20 with the draw 3/1.
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