Brisbane Roar’s Luke Brattan and Dimitri Petratos have pledged their future to the Hyundai A-League Champions, both signing contract extensions ahead of the start to the new campaign.
Today’s news means both players are now contracted to the Queensland club until the end of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.
A club veteran at only 24 years old, Brattan has been a part of the Roar set-up since 2008, coming through the Foxtel National Youth League ranks as an emerging talent but only properly finding his feet after Head Coach Mike Mulvey gave him a starting berth in January 2013.
Since then, English-born Brattan has developed into one of the best holding midfielders in the league and it was his 90th minute thunderbolt against Melbourne Victory that sealed the Premiers’ Plate for Brisbane Roar in the 2013/14 season.
“It was an easy decision to make, I love Brisbane and I love this club,” Brattan said.
“I want to continue to work hard and bring more success to Brisbane Roar.”
Petratos has also blossomed under the tutelage of Mulvey in Brisbane, managing to hold down a regular place in the Roar side since joining the Queensland club in July 2013.
The 21-year-old scored five goals in the 2013/14 campaign and was also nominated for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year in January, after an impressive hat-trick against his former club Sydney FC on Boxing Day.
Having already signed a two-year contract extension in January, Petratos has now extended his time with Brisbane until the end of the 2016/17 season.
“I am enjoying my football here in Brisbane which is important but I’m also learning every day from the coaches and other players which is just as important,” he said.
“I’m proud to be a part of this club and I’m really looking forward to the season coming up.”
Head Coach Mulvey said he was excited to see what more both Brattan and Petratos could bring to the side over the next two years, including this season’s defence of the Premiership and Championship as well as their Westfield FFA Cup and AFC Champions League campaigns.
“Luke and Dimi are two players who grew before our eyes last season,” Mulvey said.
“They both made telling contributions to our team’s success and I’m absolutely delighted they’ve decided to extend their time with Brisbane Roar.”
Brattan and Petratos are both currently part of the Brisbane Roar squad contesting the pre-season Wingate Properties Townsville Football Cup against Newcastle Jets, Northern Fury and Sydney FC.