Former Western Pride footballer Dylan Wenzel-Halls is ready to play with Brisbane Roar.
Former Western Pride footballer Dylan Wenzel-Halls is ready to play with Brisbane Roar. Rob Williams

Ipswich footballer set to impress for Roar

FOOTBALL: Former Western Pride goal ace Dylan Wenzel-Halls is expected to be thrust into action when Brisbane Roar tackle the Magpies Crusaders in Mackay on Thursday night.

Wenzel-Halls, 20, was signed by the Roar after scoring 23 goals in 11 National Premier League matches for the Ipswich club.

With Wenzel-Halls stepping up to A-League level, Roar head coach John Aloisi said the trial match would provide an opportunity for NPL players to impress.

"That's one of the reasons we like going to play against NPL sides,'' Aloisi said. "You get to have a look at the young guys doing well and you can also keep an eye on them and see how they're developing in the NPL.

"Dylan was with us a few years ago in our youth team then went away, scored goals, and now he's back with us.

"There's always someone watching and at the moment, it's (game) a good one because we're actually here playing against them."

Aloisi said he was expecting a strong workout against a fired-up Magpies Crusaders in front of a large home crowd.

"That's what we need in pre-season games, we need a good intensity game and hopefully we'll have a good hit out,'' he said.

Approaching the match as part of their pre-season routine, the Roar will rotate players.

While Aloisi was tightlipped about how the side would set up, he confirmed former Socceroo Matt McKay would play a major role.

One player all but ruled out was international signing and former Danish international, Tobias Mikkelsen, who was expected to sit out the match after just arriving into Australia.

"Matt (McKay) will play at least 45 minutes,'' Aloisi said.

"It'll be good for him also because he represents the club really well. He's played a lot of games for the Socceroos, won titles with the Roar and he's still ambitious and motivated to win more . . . so you'll definitely see Matt.

"Tobias (Mikkelsen) probably won't play, it's just good to have him around the group as he doesn't know the boys that well. The quickest way to get to know them is be around them, so he's happy to be here."