Report: Arnold chases Brattan.Posted: November 25, 2013
Via Marco: New Vegalta Sendai manager Graham Arnold is reportedly keen on taking Brisbane midfielder Luke Brattan with him to the J-League. It seems like Arnold is planning on taking a couple of Australians with him as he embarks on his Japanese adventure with Melbourne Victory’s Mark Milligan, Adelaide United’s Osama Malik and Western Sydney Wanderers’ Aaron Mooy all in consideration.
Brattan, 23, has emerged into one of the league’s premiere central midfielders since filling the void left by Erik Paartalu’s departure. All up Brattan has made just shy of 50 appearances in Orange with two goals and has long been touted as having the best passing game in the club and also has international experience with the Australian u/20 side.
Brattan has been in fantastic form so far this season
starting every game in his now customary #6 position, and also scored against the Jets a couple of weeks back. He’s also been a cornerstone of the side under the early months of Mulvey’s reign and has a contract here in Brisbane through the 2014-15 season and Mulvey has made it clear in the press today that he’s not available and on the transfer list.
“We don’t sell our good players, there’s no offer that’s going to be too good to refuse when it comes to Luke. We don’t need to sell him and we’re not going to sell him. He’s committed to Brisbane, we’re a big club and he’s doing very well. Luke wants to be with us.”
At this stage having yet to complete a full season as a starter in this league, it’s probably not the ideal time for Brattan to move overseas. It would be interesting to see how Brattan went in the J-League, I think he’s got the technique to make it in Japan, but im not sure it would be the greatest move for him. It goes without saying that it would be a massive loss for Brisbane should a move eventuate, and would create a massive hole in the side, which would initially have to be filled by Diogo Ferreira, or youngsters Devante Clut and Ben Litfin. Despite the seemingly strong interest of Arnold, I don’t think Brattan will be going anywhere in January.