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Roar bring former Socceroo Holman home

AAP logoAAP 1/09/2016 By Vince Rugari

Brisbane have boosted their A-League attacking stocks with the signing of former Socceroo Brett Holman.

The 32-year-old is believed to have turned down three other A-League clubs and two teams from the Dutch Eredivisie to sign a "long-term deal" with the three-time champions.

However, the catch is the Roar's two marquee slots are now filled until the end of the 2017-18 season.

Holman's wage will be under the salary cap for the coming campaign but in the second year of his contract he will become a marquee player - along with Tommy Oar, whose Brisbane contract is structured the same way.

The Roar's two current marquees are captain Matt McKay and Thomas Broich, while there is scope for a third with the full-season guest marquee rule, if the club can find a player that satisfies Football Federation Australia's criteria.

FFA previously rejected an approach from Brisbane to subsidise Holman's salary under that rule.

Holman played 63 times for the Socceroos, scoring nine goals - including two at the 2010 World Cup - before retiring two years ago from international football.

"Brett is a quality player and exactly what we are looking at bringing into the club," coach John Aloisi said on Thursday.

"His club and international careers have been played at the highest standard. His goal against Serbia in the World Cup was stunning."

Holman spent 10 seasons in the Netherlands and was a key member of the AZ Alkmaar squad during their Eredivisie title-winning 2008-09 campaign.

He also joined Aston Villa for a one-season stint in the English Premier League, scoring one goal in 27 appearances.

Holman has played in the Middle East with Al Nasr and Emirates Club for the past two seasons, scoring a combined 11 goals in 63 games for the two sides, an output that suggests he can still have an influence in the A-League despite his advancing years.

Due to arrive in Brisbane with his family over the weekend, he will provide incumbent Roar No.10 Dimitri Petratos with fierce competition for his spot.

Holman hasn't played domestic football in Australia since leaving the now-defunct Parramatta Power in 2002.

He joins former Danish international Thomas Kristensen and ex-Melbourne Victory youth star Joey Katebian as senior additions to the Brisbane squad but Aloisi is still able to sign a further two foreign players if he wishes.

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