Robbie Fowler, colloquially known as God by the Anfield Kop, is a bona fide Liverpool and Premier League legend.
The ex-England, Leeds United and Manchester City centre forward made headlines earlier this year when it was announced in April he would become the new head coach of Australian A-League club Brisbane Roar.
Fowler isn’t heading Down Under to Queensland alone though. He’s used his status as a great player, connections and contacts to make a series of additions to the Brisbane Roar roster ahead of the new A-League season which starts on 11 October.
Some of those in Fowler’s squad were nonleague players in English football once upon a time, so we thought we’d take a look at them. Ever heard of these names?
Wales Under-19 cap Aaron Amadi-Holloway hasn’t exactly been the most prolific forward ever, but started his senior career with a loan stint at Conference Premier side Bath City on loan from nearby parent club Bristol City. He failed to break through at Ashton Gate or youth team Cardiff City.
Spells with Newport County and Wycombe Wanderers – where he showed flashes of ability – followed. Amadi-Holloway turned out in the 2015 League Two play-off final against Southend United which the Chairboys lost on penalties.
Either side of a short spell at Fleetwood Town, he played for Oldham Athletic, enduring relegation from League One during his second stint at Boundary Park. Signed by Shrewsbury Town last summer to try to fill the void left by departing stars who were snapped up after the Shrews’ play-off final loss to Rotherham United, he only netted three times in all competitions.
The Roar only scored 38 in 27 regular-season league matches last term, the third-fewest in the division. As Fowler inherits a squad without the 18-goal partnership of Adam Taggart and Eric Bautheac, Amadi-Holloway must step into the breach and score goals if Brisbane hope to defy odds of 16/1 in the outright A-League betting at bet365.
Scotland Under-19 cap Tom Aldred came through the ranks at Carlisle United. After a loan spell with then Conference North club Workington, the Bolton-born defender joined Watford.
Although Aldred didn’t make the grade at Vicarage Road, he had spells with Stockport County in League Two and Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Premier League. His career never really got going at Colchester United either, where he was farmed out first to Torquay United and then Conference Premier club Barrow.
Accrington Stanley finally gave Aldred a chance and he spent two-and-a-half seasons there before joining Blackpool. His time at Bloomfield Road was mixed, however, as, although he was a regular, the Tangerines suffered consecutive relegations, dropping from the Championship to League Two before winning the fourth tier play-offs in 2017.
After losing his place at Bury, Aldred spent the last 18 months on loan at Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership. His move Down Under will hopefully shore up a defence that was the worst in the A-League with 71 conceded last season.