French midfielder Eric Bautheac has finally got his visa approved to play for Brisbane Roar.
French midfielder Eric Bautheac has finally got his visa approved to play for Brisbane Roar. AAP - Steve Pohlner

Bautheac says he's no superstar

FOR the past seven seasons, Brisbane's talisman Thomas Broich - and arguably the greatest player in A-League history - has worn the Roar No.22 jersey.

So if there already wasn't enough scrutiny on the Roar's new French winger Eric Bautheac, it has perhaps been amplified by the club's decision to give him the number that belonged to the now-departed Broich.

Bautheac would have preferred No.11, but that's fellow attacking weapon Corey Gameiro's number.

But he's more than happy with "double 11", and isn't feeling any pressure to have double the impact two-time Johnny Warren Medallist Broich had in his time at the Roar.

"I don't know him," Bautheac said, via a translator, of the Roar's former German import.

"The team is not only one player. I'm coming here for my European experience.

"I don't feel like I'm a superstar. I want to integrate with the team as quickly as possible.

"If we can work together, we'll have a great championship."

Despite the Roar having started their season with successive losses, Bautheac knows there is plenty of time left for him and club to have an impact this season.

He will make his A-League debut on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium against Newcastle after a visa delay prevented him for flying to Queensland until this week.

"Every day I was waiting in France, checking my emails and thinking 'what is going on?," Bautheac said.

Not that Bautheac ever doubted his decision to move to Australia despite admitting it had not been an easy choice initially considering he had more lucrative options.

"At first it was very difficult because it's such a big change for me," said Bautheac, whose wife and two children arrive in Brisbane in December.

"I got offers to go elsewhere where I would have got a lot more money ... France, Russia, Turkey, UAE, but I wanted a change in my life.

"Now the goal is for the Roar to grow in power and win games."

Roar coach John Aloisi is yet to decide whether Bautheac will start against the Jets or be restricted to an appearance off the bench due to his lack of football in recent weeks.

"Even though physically I'm not 100%, I will give what I have got. If I play 50, 60 or 90 minutes I will give it all," Bautheac said.

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