Words: ACFC Media
Wednesday 23 October 2019
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - All Whites international striker Logan Rogerson is Auckland City FC's seventh key signing of the off-season.
Rogerson returns to New Zealand after leaving German third tier club Carl Zeiss Jena. The 21-year-old was previously with the Wellington Phoenix where he played 11 matches across three seasons before joining the German side on a two-year deal.
The forward is now part of Jose Figueira's squad having skippered the New Zealand U-23 side to qualification for the Men's Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo next year.
The Hamilton-born player made his non-competitive debut for the Navy Blues in a 3-1 win over Wanderers ten days ago and is eager to make an impression.
AUDIO - "History and tradition helped make up my mind" - Logan Rogerson
"Auckland City FC is the biggest club in New Zealand and they've dominated the game over the past decade and their tradition and history were big factors in coming here.
"Jose Figueira was a big factor in coming here. I worked with him in the New Zealand U-17 set-up and he's a good coach, I like his philosophies and what he brings to the club and he's a big reason I'm here.
"It was a good hit out for me. I was still a bit rusty with getting to know new team-mates but I'm sure things will come together in the next couple of weeks in the build-up to the season," he said.
Auckland City FC failed to win a major trophy last season and Rogerson expressed his desire to put that right and then focus on the Olympic Games and an international recall.
"The last couple of seasons Auckland City FC haven't achieved what they normally do and I want to help the club return to the top and qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup and back where they should be.
"Qualifying for Tokyo was an unbelievable feeling. I was part of the last cycle when we didn't make it so it felt like my duty to get the country back on the world stage again," he said.
SHOWREEL: Logan Rogerson
While getting injured during his spell in Germany meant his stay in Europe didn't go according to plan he has no regrets about his time there.
It's clear he forged an affectionate relationship with the fans and he hopes to replicate that at Kiwitea Street.
"I had a great relationship with the Carl Zeiss Jena fans they liked me and brought New Zealand flags to the stadium and they were passionate fanbase and crazy about football there.
"In that city the football was the main thing they looked forward to in their week and the fanbase made me feel part of their family.
"I learned a lot on and off the pitch going to Europe by yself was a big decision and I learned heaps.
"I didn't play as much as I wanted to but that's football and you do learn from those experiences and hopefully bring that to Auckland City FC," he said.
Name: Logan Rogerson
Previous clubs: Wellington Phoenix (NZL), Carl Zeiss Jena (GER).
International caps: 3
International goals: 0
International debut: v Oman (A) won 1-0, 13 November, 2015
International honours: OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying winner 2019, OFC Nations Cup 2016 winners, OFC U-17 Championship winner 2015.