Former Tacoma Defiance midfielder Jesse Daley will play top-flight soccer in his native Australia next season after signing for hometown club the Brisbane Roar of the A-League. | Photo courtesy Las Vegas Lights FC
BRISBANE, Australia – Former Tacoma Defiance midfielder Jesse Daley has been unveiled as the newest signing for the Brisbane Roar of Australia’s A-League as the 22-year-old midfielder returns to his hometown club after spending the past three seasons with the Defiance.
Daley made 50 appearances for the Defiance over the past three seasons and recorded five goals and five assists for the side. He had previously come through the ranks of the Roar’s youth program before joining the professional ranks, during which time he appeared for the Australia U-20 National Team.
“I’m very excited to be back in Brisbane – back in my hometown,” said Daley. “I’ve supported this Club for a very long time – since I was a kid – and it’s very exciting to be back playing in the orange jersey.”
“My time in the United States has massively helped my development. It was an incredible experience, playing 50-odd professional matches, and it’s certainly helped me become the player I am now.”
Daley joins former Championship Defender of the Year Harrison Delbridge in the A-League ranks, with Delbridge having made 57 appearances for Melbourne City FC since returning to his home country after competing for FC Cincinnati and Sacramento Republic FC in the Championship.