Brattan’s Roar of attrition
Brisbane vows to fight as midfielder is given the all clear to leave
BRISBANE Roar officials last night vowed to play hardball with midfielder Luke Brattan and force the newly selected Socceroo to stay with the club.
Brattan was last night celebrating the dual success of a call-up to the Socceroos squad for the World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh on Thursday night as a replacement for injured national skipper Mile Jedinak, and a decision from an independent arbitrator that his request to quit the Roar over a breach of contract was justified.
As revealed by The Courier-Mail yesterday, Brattan requested a free transfer out of Brisbane because of unpaid superannuation.
Brattan’s contract was ter- minated this month but the Roar appealed against the decision, which meant the midfielder remained a Brisbane player.
However, the matter came to a head yesterday, with an arbitrator backing 25-yearold Brattan, who is now a free agent and can fulfil his goal of joining a European club, most likely in England or Germany.
The Roar fired back last night, saying the club would “vigorously exhaust all options of appeal against the decision”.
“This isn’t over yet,” a club spokesman told The CourierMail. “We’ve got seven days to appeal, and we will be doing that.”
Brattan said he was relieved to be leaving for Socceroos duty in Perth after a harrowing few days.
“This has come at a great time for me because I really need to get away from it all and clear my head,” he said.
“It’s been a tough time, but this is a part of football. I can’t wait to join the Socceroos squad. But if I do end up on leaving the Roar, it will be on good terms. They’ve been a big part of my life.”
If Brattan is ultimately successful in having his contract terminated, it will potentially open the door for other Roar players to follow.
The Roar remain confident of retaining most, if not all, of their squad.
The decision in favour of Brattan came just a few hours after a meeting between two representatives of Roar owners the Bakrie Group and Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop.
Gallop demanded that the Bakrie Group fix the financial mess engulfing the threetime A-League champions or be stripped of the club’s licence.
“The Bakrie Group is under no illusion of what’s required to remedy this situation,” he said.
“FFA has advised the Bakrie Group that they will forfeit any right to the A-League licence if the current situation continues.
“Paying wages and superannuation arrears, clearing debts and recapitalising the business are the next urgent steps. To their credit, they understand this and have told us they intend to act quickly.”