Adelaide full-back Daniel Bowles to face former teammates
ADELAIDE United full-back Daniel Bowles knows Saturday's opponents Brisbane Roar well.
He was a youth league teammate of Roar youngsters Luke Brattan and Matt Acton, before making his senior debut for Gold Coast in 2011.
He then found his way to the Reds after Gold Coast was cut from the A-League.
So the 21-year-old was genuinely surprised to see his former club Brisbane upset 1-0 by the Western Sydney Wanderers last weekend.
"Western Sydney needs to be respected - they've got some good combinations and they put the Roar to the sword, but it was surprising," Bowles said on the eve of the clash at Suncorp Stadium.
"The Roar guys will want to put in an improved performance in front of their home fans.
"We know their strengths, but we'll focus more on ourselves."
Bowles said Roar fans needed to stay patient with new head coach Rado Vidosic, who helped his development while he was in Brisbane, saying he was a passionate mentor.
But the Toowoomba product has relished his time at the Reds, even though it has meant playing as a defender after making his name as midfielder at the Gold Coast.
Bowles has started all four games so far this season at Adelaide.
"I've been lucky to have started all four games - the more game time I get, the more confident and comfortable I'll become," he said.
"We had a tough pre-season and Sean Tagg, our strength and conditioning coach, got us all in tremendous shape.
"I was very happy to go to Adelaide with the tough way that things ended at the Gold Coast - it's a club with a great pedigree, so it was a no-brainer for me."
Bowles said he was prospering under Reds head coach John Kosmina's never-say-die attitude.
"We don't fear anyone," he said.
"John's great at getting the boys up for any opponent."
He will need to be alert and once again on his game against the attacking threat of Besart Berisha.
Berisha scored four goals in the Roar's 7-1 rout against the Reds just over 12 months ago.
"He's a fantastic player and we know what he's capable of. We'll need to be strong in defence," Bowles said.
Roar attacker Henrique said he was delighted to be back after he missed the first two rounds with a heel injury.
"I trained four months in the pre-season and now after my injury, I'm glad to be back in full training and playing again," he said.