Adam Taggart will join Brisbane Roar on a two-year deal. Picture: George Salpigtidis
Adam Taggart will join Brisbane Roar on a two-year deal. Picture: George Salpigtidis

Roar sign A-League Golden Boot winner

BRISBANE Roar have secured the services of former A-League Golden Boot winner Adam Taggart.

In a coup for the Roar, Taggart has put pen to paper on a two-year contract with the three-time A-League champions.

In a move mooted by The Courier-Mail several weeks ago, Taggart joins the Roar from Perth Glory, where he scored eight goals in just 14 appearances this season.

The 24-year-old marksman played for Australia at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on the back of scoring 16 goals for the Newcastle Jets in the 2013-14 season.

Adam Taggart will join Brisbane Roar on a two-year deal. Picture: George Salpigtidis
Adam Taggart will join Brisbane Roar on a two-year deal. Picture: George Salpigtidis

It was a goal haul that netted him the competition's Golden Boot.

After the 2014 World Cup, Taggart joined English club Fulham before being loaned to Scottish outfit Dundee United the following season.

He returned to the A-League in January 2016 to rejoin the Glory, where he made his competition debut in January 2011.

Roar coach John Aloisi has been a long-time admirer of Taggart, who will replace the departing Massimo Maccarone as the leader of Brisbane's forward line.

It's understood Taggart was offered marquee money to remain with Perth and was also chased by the Jets.

However, having seen the progress another former Perth attacker in Jamie Maclaren made during his two years with the Roar, it's believed Taggart felt his best chance of breaking back into the Socceroos squad was by linking with Aloisi in Brisbane.

Taggart is looking to emulate Jamie MacLaren’s feats at Brisbane. Picture: Mark Calleja
Taggart is looking to emulate Jamie MacLaren’s feats at Brisbane. Picture: Mark Calleja

Maclaren, now playing in the Scottish Premier League for Hibernian on loan from German club Darmstadt, scored 40 A-League in two seasons with the Roar before his move to Europe.

Taggart last played for Australia four years ago, and has three goals in seven appearances for the national team.

Meanwhile, Roar gloveman Jamie Young has been rewarded for his fine form by being named the A-League's goalkeeper of the season.

Jamie Young poses with the A-League Goalkeeper of the Year award.
Jamie Young poses with the A-League Goalkeeper of the Year award.

 

Young firmly established himself as the Roar's first-choice keeper this season, and recently signed a new two-year deal with the club.

"I'm probably at the peak of the mountain in terms of being in my prime but in saying that, you get a guy like Brad Jones who has just got back in the Socceroos squad at 36 … goalkeeper is one of those positions where as you get older the mental aspect takes a bit more importance," Young told The Courier-Mail last month after extending his stay at the Roar.



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