The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
Brattan says Roar can claim title without him
LUKE Brattan has fronted his Brisbane teammates about his expected departure from the club, but Roar officials remain adamant they will fight to keep the Socceroos midfielder.
Brattan, who on Friday gained a favourable verdict from an independent arbitrator in his bid to leave the Roar on a free transfer because of unpaid superannuation, attended Brisbane’s training session yesterday.
While fellow Socceroo Matt McKay trained before the pair departed today for the World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh in Perth on Thursday, Brattan’s main reason for being there was to get his boots from the dressingroom.
He also addressed the Roar squad, some of who remain shocked about the events of last week, telling them there was enough talent in the Brisbane ranks to win a fourth ALeague title in six years.
McKay and Brattan won’t be the only players missing from Brisbane’s line-up when the Roar take on a Gold Coast Premier League Select XI at Southport Football Club today.
Striker Jean Carlos Solorzano had been expected to return from a foot injury, but his comeback has been delayed.
Veteran left fullback Shane Stefanutto, who injured his hamstring in the Roar’s recent 1-0 trial loss to Melbourne Victory, is also out, while goalkeeper Jamie Young (hip) joins fellow gloveman Michael Theo (wrist) on the sidelines.
Denver Crickmore or Tom Bilic – the Roar’s two youth squad keepers – will start.
Today’s match at Ashmore Village Park kicks off at 3pm.