Brattan earns new 2 year extension.Posted: February 21, 2013
There was some pretty significant news out of Brisbane Roar today, with deep lying midfielder Luke Brattan getting a new contract which will see him staying with the back to back champions until atleast 2015. Brattan ofcourse has grown up in the Brisbane football system, starting off at Rochdale Rovers before becoming an inaugural member of Brisbane’s National Youth League squad where he played for two seasons before earning a 3 year contract from Ange Postecoglou towards the end of the 2009/10 season so it’s nice to see him remain with the club.
His chances at game time in the 1st team were limited by Erik Paartalu of course, who became the ever-present fulcrum on the championship winning teams which resulted in Luke being by and large a squad player. Paartalu’s departure in January however has provided Luke with a chance –which I wrote about at the time– and he’s more than taken it.
Despite being out at the time with an ankle injury, Mulvey had no hesitation into the game at home against Western Sydney and Luke didn’t disappoint, despite being underdone he put in a man of the match performance. That was the beginning of what has been a consistent run in the side for Luke including solid displays against the league leading Mariners, in the Champions League against Buriram and another man of the match performance again on the weekend against Wellington. That run of form has seen Mulvey and the club offer him a well deserved contract.
Brattan’s new deal leaves James Meyer, George Lambadaridis, Mitch Nichols, Matthew Jurman and on-loan duo Steven Lustica and Stef Nijland as the only players off contract right now. Nichols has a decision to make in terms of heading overseas, while Lambadaridis is a 50-50 proposition. Given Donachie has seemingly moved ahead in the pecking order Jurman seems like he’s well and truly headed for the exits while with Meyer im not sure. He’s shown good form when given the chance but he just isn’t getting the chances to play. The on loan duo of Lustica and Nijland are likely still being assessed by Mulvey and coaching staff, but at a guess id say Lustica will stay around, Nijland will return to Europe.
While Luke Brattan has received his chance and earned a new contract, Anthony Proia hasn’t received the same opportunity. Signed by Ange Postecoglou 12 months ago with a view to the future, he wasn’t rated as highly by Rado Vidosic or Mulvey and as such spent his entire time in the youth team. Earlier in the week the young striker tweeted that he was retuning to Sydney and that he was leaving the Roar and im sure everyone wishes him well.
Current Brisbane Roar squad 2013-14 as it currently stands: (17 players signed)
Goalkeepers: Michael Theo, Matt Acton.
Defenders: Matt Smith, Shane Stefanutto, Ivan Franjic, James Donachie, Jack Hingert, Jade North, Corey Brown.
Midfielders: Massimo Murdocca, Luke Brattan, Thomas Broich, Henrique Silva, Ben Halloran, Julius Doe, Do Dong-Hyun.
Forwards: Besart Berisha.