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McKay likely to remain with Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar captain Matt McKay is almost certain to remain with the club now they have qualified for the Asian Champions League. The 28-year old midfielder has been linked with a number of clubs around Asia after a stellar season for the record-breaking Roar, which included selection in the Australian Asian Cup squad.

His performances in Qatar showed how far he has come in the past few seasons to become one of the premier midfielders in the A-League but the ACL may force McKay to stay with his beloved Roar rather than be lured away to a lucrative contract somewhere on the Asian continent.

"We want to keep the majority of the squad together for the Asian Champions League," McKay said.

"We would love to test ourselves in Asia - we want to see if we can adapt."

McKay's midfield partner Massimo Murdocca was confident that his skipper could take his game anywhere but is delighted to hear he may be sticking around in Brisbane.

"He could probably go anywhere - that's the scary thing, that he might leave," Murdocca said.

"But you have to be happy for him that he has progressed as a player. He might move on to bigger and better things.

"If that happens then you wish him the best, but if he stays it is a reward for us."

Both Murdocca and McKay are preparing for Sunday's 2010/11 A-League Grand Final against regular season runners-up Central Coast Mariners at Suncorp Stadium.

Andrew Slevison
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