Roar sign former Adelaide defender after departure from Reds alongside defensive trio

Brisbane Roar have secured the services of defender Harry van Der Saag on a two-year deal after his departure from Adelaide United.

Van Der Saag’s Adelaide exit was announced on Friday, May 17 alongside Nick Ansell, Lachlan Barr and Ben Warland; on Friday afternoon, it was confirmed that Van Der Saag had joined Ruben Zadkovich’s Roar on a deal set to last until the end of the 2025-26 Isuzu UTE A-League season.

“I’m very excited to join Brisbane Roar, when I spoke with Ruben (Zadkovich) and his team I was very impressed with what they had to say and I just can’t wait to get started,” Van Der Saag said.  

“Brisbane Roar is a massive club and I want to help get the club back to the top and win some silverware. 

“There is a lot of quality in the playing group that I am looking forward to being a part of.”

Seven players have now left Adelaide since the end of the 2023-24 Isuzu UTE A-League season, with Van Der Saag, Warland, Barr and Ansell joined by Ben Halloran, Hiroshi Ibusuki and Nestory Irankunda in heading for the exit door.

Ansell made 29 appearances for the Reds since signing from Melbourne Victory in 2021. Van Der Saag played 19 games for the club in two years, while Lachlan Barr departs with 39 Reds appearances to his name.

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Adelaide first announced the departures of Barr, van Der Saag and Ansell before confirming Warland’s exit on Friday afternoon.

“On behalf of the club, I would like to thank the boys for their hard work and dedication during their time with us,” said Adelaide United head coach Carl Veart, at the time of the initial three departure confirmations.

“All three of the players have played with pride during their time with me, and I thank them for their efforts. We wish them all the best in their careers.”

Warland was later confirmed as the fourth player leaving the club, after 50 appearances for the Reds over two stints.

Warland was a member of the Adelaide squad that won the 2015-16 Premiership and Championship double.

“A big thank you to the Red Army and the fans for turning up at Coopers Stadium to watch us play. You create a great atmosphere, and I know all the boys love your support,” Warland said..

“To my teammates, I would like to thank you for making these two years really enjoyable. From on the field to off the field, you guys helped so much along the way.