Roar striker setting his goals high

Brandon Borrello (right) and Jamie Maclaren celebrate a goal. Photo: AAP Image/Dan Peled.
Brandon Borrello (right) and Jamie Maclaren celebrate a goal. Photo: AAP Image/Dan Peled.

Brisbane Roar striker Jamie Maclaren has already experienced the joy of scoring at a major tournament and he is hoping he can have that feeling again when the Olyroos kick off their AFC Under-23 Championship campaign against the United Arab Emirates on Friday morning in Qatar.

Maclaren was on target in a 2-1 defeat to host Turkey at the 2013 U20 World Cup and while Australia finished bottom of its group with only one point from that campaign, the former Perth Glory frontman said it stood he and the other members of this squad in good stead ahead of this tournament.

"That goal (against Turkey) was one of the highlights of my career," he said.

"It was great to score in the World Cup and I would love to get a goal or more in this tournament. I would like to score a lot more goals in the A-League and hopefully I can get more chances to score in this campaign."

Maclaren has seven goals for the Roar this season.

His partnership with Brandon Borello has come to fruition at club level, with his strike partner nabbing five.

The AFC U23 Championships also doubles up as qualification for the Olympics in Brazil with the top three teams in Qatar going through to Rio.

The duo is likely to form an attacking partnership at the championships. "We have played together at club level and if we can bring that form to this team that would be good," Maclaren said.

"There are goals in this team and hopefully we can add a few to that and send us to Rio. We want to qualify and that's the main goal."



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