Title-Winning Fan Favourites Back At Strikers

Jan 26, 2019 by

Brisbane Strikers fans will see the return of two familiar faces in 2019 with the club confirming past title-winners Chris Maher and Fraser Hills as part of its National Premier Leagues Queensland squad.

The reunited teammates are set to play crucial roles in a new-look squad for coach Owen Baker this season and return to Perry Park after previously lifting competition silverware with Brisbane Strikers.

Right-sided fullback Maher, 27, rejoins Brisbane Strikers from last year’s NPL Queensland Premiership and Championship winners Lions FC.

During his previous five seasons with Strikers he also twice lifted Premiership silverware – playing decisive roles in the Queensland State League 2012 Premiership side and the NPL Queensland 2016 Premiership team.

While attacking midfielder Hills, 23, delivered 8 goals in all competitions as Brisbane Strikers stormed to the NPL Queensland 2016 Premiership.

Following a disjointed two seasons with four clubs across NPL Victoria and NPL Queensland, Hills said he is excited to be back in the Queensland capital and wearing yellow-and-blue.

“I don’t think I’ve enjoyed a season as much as when I was at Strikers,” Hills explained.

“The club plays the style of football I like to play. So I really want to be enjoying my football and be surrounded by good players once again.”

Maher echoed his teammates sentiments and said he looks forward to a consistent showing at fullback after more recently alternating between advanced and defensive roles.

“I knew that Owen was going to be taking over as coach and I knew I would be returning to an environment that I enjoy,” Maher said.

“Owen said he wanted me in as a right back. He wants me to nail down that position and I know it’s important that I have consistency every week and know what my job is and deliver that.”

Hills also said that on the pitch his game has become more rounded after experiencing the cut-throat nature of Victorian football with Port Melbourne and Moreland City.

“I played a bit more defensively when I was in Melbourne and I learned a lot about game management,” Hills explained.

“Down there it is all about winning and getting points. That has influenced my game and I have more determination to win than I’ve ever had.”

“I want a good FFA Cup run and Brisbane Strikers is always a club that expects to challenge in winning the league and the fans want that too.”

Maher agreed that a return to the upper reaches of the NPL Queensland table will spur him this season as well.

“Whenever I’ve been involved with Brisbane Strikers we have been in the finals and it was disappointing to see the club not make it last year,” he said.

“It’s an even longer season now than in previous years but we have a good group of boys and a squad with a lot of depth. That will help us with so many games.”

Brisbane Strikers commence their National Premier Leagues Queensland season at Perry Park against Toowoomba’s South West Queensland Thunder on Saturday, February 2.

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