Brattan relishes opportunity

Luke Brattan might have faced a baptism of fire in his Hyundai A-League debut against Perth Glory on Sunday but the 19-year-old says it has left him wanting more.

Luke Brattan might have faced a baptism of fire in his Hyundai A-League debut against Perth Glory on Sunday but the 19-year-old says it has left him wanting more.

The Brisbane Roar Youth midfielder was thrown into the deep end when introduced by coach Ange Postecoglou in the 75th minute against a Glory outfit baying for blood.

But despite copping an equaliser immediately after and spending much of his time in the Roar-s half, the youngster said it was a moment to remember.

“I was nervous as but it was a good experience. I loved it,” he said.

“It was an incredible experience, especially at Perth where the fans are unbelievable. The stadium is really close to the ground so it was a good atmosphere.

“You could definitely feel the pressure. We were camped in our own half just defending but it was still good.”

The experience has been a long time coming for Brattan, with the highly-rated midfielder earmarked as one for the Roar-s future after an impressive season in the National Youth League last season.

With representative honours with the Young Socceroos to his name, the midfielder looked set to join team mates Luke DeVere and Tommy Oar at this year-s U20 World Cup until an ankle injury ruled him out of contention.

Having worked his way back to full fitness, the technically-gifted playmaker now looks a solid option for Brisbane-s engine room with Massimo Murdocca, Matt McKay and Danny Tiatto out injured.

Postecoglou-s decision to introduce him at a crucial moment against Perth was a sign the Roar coach sees plenty of ability in the former Rochedale Rovers player.

“He just said to use my fresh legs and work my hardest,” Brattan revealed.

“He knew we were under the pump so he wanted me to work hard and get forward to support Serge (van Dijk) as well.

“It-s a lot quicker in the A-League (than the NYL) and I found it hard to get into the game because I was breathing out my backside after five minutes. I wanted to give it my all.

“But now that I-ve seen first-hand the quality and the intensity of the game at that level I just want to play that every week.”

Brisbane Roar return to Suncorp Stadium this week take on Adelaide United on Saturday, 12 December at 8pm. Tickets for the match are available through Ticketek, click here for details.

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