The Courier-Mail

Brattan keen to move up

- MARCO MONTEVERDE

BRISBANE Roar star Luke Brattan has vowed he will not play for another A-League club, but has not ruled out a move abroad.

With the Roar in off-field turmoil, Brattan has been linked with a move away from the club despite having two years left on his contract.

Despite ignoring the speculatio­n, the 25-year-old midfielder makes no secret of wanting to test himself at a higher level.

“If I was going to go overseas I’d leave on good terms,” he said. “I’ve been honest with the club about everything.

“I’ve had interest from overseas, so if I decide to push that, then I will, but going to another A-League club is not a progressio­n for me.

“I wouldn’t play at any other A-League club. That’s a step sideways. I’m looking to take my career to the next level and look to play at the highest level possible.”

Representa­tives of club owners the Bakrie Group arrived in Brisbane yesterday and met with Roar officials to further dissect the financial problems crippling the threetime A-League champions and gather informatio­n ahead of next month’s mooted sale of the club.

While players were paid their overdue wages on Monday, Roar staff are yet to receive their entire monthly pay, which was due on August 15.

Brattan said the players had “learnt to live” with the club’s off-field dramas, and praised the football department assembled by coach John Aloisi.

“We don’t make excuses, we’re just here to train and play football,” he said.

“There’s a lot of changes and it’s a very profession­al environmen­t now.

“That’s credit to John and the people he’s brought in.

“You have to evolve … we still have to push for the title and we play to win. We’re going to look to dominate teams, like we always have.”

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