BRISBANE Roar defender James Donachie believes a long season crammed with midweek Asian Champions League games will benefit his team for its return clash against the Victory at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night.
The Roar will again be required to back up quickly after playing a catch-up game against the Melbourne outfit - resulting in a 2-1 loss at the same venue on Wednesday night.
"I love playing two games a week - the more games you play the better you get," said Donachie.
At just 21, the championship-winner has quickly become a leader for Brisbane's defence, which features fellow youngsters Corey Brown and Jack Hingert. Lachlan Jackson, 20, also made his A-League debut against the Victory at the back late in the game on Wednesday night.
"He (Jackson) has been hanging out to get a game, so it's good to see him run on and I was lucky enough to be there next to him," Donachie said.
"I definitely see myself as showing boys like LJ how to get through games like that."
Young gun Brandon Borrello, 19, is rated a good chance of returning for the game after pulling out just before Wednesday night's clash. Victory can take a giant step towards wrapping up a record third Premiers Plate by downing the Roar.
Meanwhile, Sydney FC will be out to keep its title hopes alive when it travels to Newcastle to take on the Jets tonight. The Phoenix will also host Central Coast in Wellington tonight.