Roar recruit Stefan Mauk at Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe ahead of Tuesday night’s FFA Cup clash with Mebourne City.
Roar recruit Stefan Mauk at Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe ahead of Tuesday night’s FFA Cup clash with Mebourne City.

Mauk out to make instant impact

BRISBANE Roar midfielder Stefan Mauk has some mixed and hazy memories of Dolphin Stadium, but his mind is clear about one thing - beating his old club Melbourne City on Tuesday night.

Mauk makes his competitive Roar debut against his former team in the FFA Cup round-of-32 clash.

While he's new to the Roar, the Australian under-23 representative is no stranger to the Redcliffe venue hosting the do-or-die-Cup battle.

In August last year Mauk wore the City colours in the Melbourne club's 2-0 Cup win over Redcliffe outfit Peninsula Power.

But in scoring the game's first goal on the stroke of half-time, Mauk was left concussed. He took no further part in the game and was subsequently sidelined for three weeks due to the concussion and a minor quadriceps injury he suffered earlier in the game.

 

"Hopefully the goals come again (on Tuesday night) but with no injuries," Mauk said.

"I'm the 'local' here … it's a nice stadium, a good place to play and hopefully it's a good game for us."

Roar player Stefan Mauk training at the Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe on Monday.
Roar player Stefan Mauk training at the Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe on Monday.

Mauk has made a habit of scoring against his former clubs in a young career that has already included stints in Melbourne, Adelaide, the Netherlands and now Brisbane.

"I've definitely performed well against my old teams so that's something I hope I can do against City. It would be a good start to my Brisbane Roar career," he said.

Roar coach John Aloisi, who worked with Mauk at Melbourne Heart, which later became Melbourne City under different ownership, expects his midfield recruit to deliver not only on Tuesday night but in Brisbane's entire 2018-19 campaign.

"He's got a lot of energy, he makes great forward runs, great runs into the box and he can score goals from deeper positions," Aloisi said.

"I've known that about Stef for a long time. He'll bring that to us, and I think he's got a lot more left in him.

"It's up to the team around him to help set up opportunities because he'll get in those positions."

FFA Cup round-of-32 action also takes place on Tuesday night at Robina, where Gold Coast Knights host the Newcastle Jets at Cbus Super Stadium. Both matches kick off at 7.30pm.

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