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Roar getting back on track off field

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Brisbane Roar players and staff have been paid on time and a crowd of more than 10,000 is expected for Sunday's home clash with Central Coast as the embattled A-League club continues to make strides towards long-term stability.

Despite an ugly off-season and a string of serious financial issues, the Roar has made a positive start to the new A-League season both on and off the field.

For months, players and staff have approached the 15th of every month - payday - with trepidation, unsure if their wages would be paid on time, or at all.

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But Thursday was just another day with all salaries delivered as promised by owners the Bakrie Group, who were nearly stripped of their licence to own the A-League club by Football Federation Australia having repeatedly failed to meet their obligations.

Brisbane's impressive 3-1 opening round win over Western Sydney has helped, as has last week's fan forum with coach John Aloisi, which soothed some of the tensions between angry supporters and the club.

As a result, the Roar have signed up more than 1000 members over the past two weeks, and fears that Suncorp Stadium could turn into a ghost town over the summer have been alleviated.

"The outlook's been positive," interim CEO David Pourre told AAP.

"We got a good bounce in membership just before the weekend and that's continued.

"The second fan forum with John gave people a really true insight into football in the club and the direction of football, which has never been done before. It's engaged people to a different level.

"The success of the first game, hopefully it's a continued trend, but it's shown how the players are reacting and engaging with John."

Ticket sales for Sunday's clash with the Mariners, which will be preceded by a W-League fixture between Brisbane and Canberra United, have been strong with a crowd between 10,000 and 15,000 expected.

However, some vocal fans are still refusing to renew memberships until they are won over by the Bakrie Group.

Pourre praised the impact of Bakrie representatives Rahim Soekasah and Demis Djamaoeddin, who have remained in Brisbane to oversee the recapitalisation of the club.

Both have experience in the football industry, with Djamaoeddin currently a director of the Indonesian Football Association.

"They've been a good stabilising factor. They've been to training sessions to see the boys, to the women's training session as well, and been around the club providing any insight and support as they can," Pourre said.

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