Brattan eyes senior debut

Gifted youngster Luke Brattan will continue to work his way back to full fitness in Roar Youth’s match against the Newcastle Jets tomorrow with the ultimate hope of pushing for a first-team place.

Gifted youngster Luke Brattan will continue to work his way back to full fitness in Roar Youth-s match against the Newcastle Jets tomorrow with the ultimate hope of pushing for a first-team place.

The centre midfielder is in negotiations with the club for a senior contract beginning next season, but doesn-t want to wait until then for his chance.

Had it not been for injury, Brattan might have already made his debut, having played regularly with the first team in pre-season before he was halted by an ankle injury in July which also ended his hopes of joining the Young Socceroos at the World Cup.

But the 19-year-old has his eyes firmly fixed on the future, with tomorrow's match against Newcastle a chance to turn Roar Youth's difficult start to the season around.

“We're definitely due for a win,” Brattan said.

“It-s the same as last season, we had a bit of a slow start, but we-re getting there. There are a lot of new boys but we-re gelling together a bit so as we go along we-ll improve.”

After a heavy loss in Sydney last weekend, Brattan said the Roar's young players were still adapting to the likes of those contests which feature several senior players in the opposition line-up.

“We one game where we had three or four first-team players in Melbourne and we dominated that for 90 minutes,”he said.

“It's just a lack of experience, but it'll come”

For Brattan another full match tomorrow will mean a step closer to full fitness and a chance to be the second Roar Youth player to make a senior appearance this season, after Callum O-Connell played against Perth in round seven.

“There-s a lot more in me,” he said. “Last season I was buzzing all over the place, but I-m still getting there.

“As soon as I get fully fit I-ll try to sneak into the first team.”

The midfield metronome admitted he had to pinch himself sometimes, after coming from nowhere to emerge as one of the Roar-s most outstanding performers in the youth league last year.

“Only two or three years ago I was playing Rochedale reserves, so I never expected to be where I am now,” he said.

“As soon as you get into this environment, you go up a notch straight away. I-ve had a whole year here so I-ve improved a lot.”

Roar Youth's match against the Newcastle Jets kicks off at 4.45pm tomorrow and will be part of a double-header at Ballymore, featuring the Westfield W-League match between Brisbane and Perth from 2pm.

Tickets are available from the Clyde Road entrance to Ballymore and cost $5 for adults, $2 for concessions and children under 15 and free for Roar members.

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