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Corona continues A-League's Spanish trend

  • Corona continues A-League's Spanish trend

Brisbane Roar's pre-season from hell is getting back on track following confirmation experienced Spanish midfielder Corona has joined the club on a two-year deal.

Corona, whose full name is Miguel Angel Garcia Perez-Roldan, will wear the No.7 jersey for the three-time A-League champions and his pedigree suggests he will be an excellent addition to new coach John Aloisi's squad.

The Roar's off-season has been marred by financial problems and legal battles involving their embattled owners, the Bakrie Group, but the recruitment of such a decorated player suggests the worst may have passed for Brisbane.

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Corona, 34, has played for Spanish side Almeria since 2006 and was the club's captain up until his recent departure, amassing 312 appearances in all competitions.

All up, Corona has played 10 seasons in Spain's top flight, La Liga, and also previously represented his country at age international level.

"The way Miguel plays on the ball, he's technically very good and he will be able to start the plays for us," Aloisi said.

"He's got all the qualities that we are looking for in that position to play the style of football we want to play."

Corona is a versatile midfielder who can cover multiple engine room roles, but comes in as a replacement for the departed Luke Brattan.

The fringe Socceroo is reportedly poised to sign for Manchester City and then immediately go out on loan, and while Brattan's loss was a bitter one for the Roar, the capture of Corona promises to allay any disappointment.

"The attacking, possession-based style of the Roar suits my game," Corona said.

"This style and the positive approach to football by John Aloisi is what drew me to the club.

"Now I can't wait to get onto the field and show what I can do."

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