Brattan officially joins Manchester City

**The following is a re-post of something I posted over at Football Central- originally dated 28/08/15

Home-grown Brisbane Roar midfielder Luke Brattan has officially joined Manchester City on a four year contract.

Brattan, 25, left Brisbane Roar in August after he walked out on the 3 time A-League Champions in the midst of the club’s ownership issues.

Since an arbitrator ruled that he was free from his contract Brattan has been over in Europe seeking employment, and the City Group were strongly linked to him almost immediately.

It was expected, or feared from a Brisbane perspective, that the City Group were buying Brattan purely to loan him to sister club Melbourne City in a move solely to strengthen their A-League side however it appears they rate him higher than that.

They could of course end up loaning him to Melbourne at some stage, but the fact they’re keeping him close by at Championship side Bolton Wanderers indicates they at the very least they want to keep a close eye on his progress.

Brattan’s loan deal at the Wanderers concludes in early January at which point we will likely get a clearer indication on where he sits in the pecking order at the current Premier League leaders.

It’s possible he could then be loaned back to the A-League for the second half of the season, but with City likely to have a busy second half of the season featuring their EPL, Champions League, FA Cup and possibly still League Cup commitments, there could be scope for Brattan to play a small part in the first team setup.

It’s also possible he could be loaned to any number of European clubs to which the City group are affiliated, a group which includes Espanyol, Sporting CP, NEC Nijmegen, Yokohama F Marinos and Aarhaus to name just a few.

Whatever happens from here, this is without question the biggest move a player from Brisbane Roar has made, usurping the move of the ‘Utrecht Trio’ in 2010 and Kwame Yeboah who joined German side Borussia Monchengladbach in January 2014.

After progressing from the clubs inaugural youth team, the Rochedale Rovers junior went on to make 112 appearances for the Roar with 4 goals. His debut for the Roar came in Round 17 of the 2009-10 season away to Perth Glory when he became the 61st player to represent Brisbane in the process.

Over his time in Brisbane he’s seen it all. First came the tumultuous end of the Frank Farina era, before gradually working his way up the pecking order under Ange Postecoglou in a side that won back to back Championships, breaking the Australian sporting record for games without a loss along the way.

The departure of Erik Paartalu in January 2013 finally gave Brattan the opportunity to become a first team regular, and with his passing range and dead ball ability he became a key cog in the midfield under Mike Mulvey, fittingly scoring the winner to clinch the Premiership in 2013-14.

While Corona has filled in well since arriving, there’s no doubt the loss of a home grown star like Luke Brattan will hurt, both on the park and in the community.

Regardless of that, if Brattan makes the grade in the Premiership it will be a big boost to the game and help to inspire the next generation.

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