Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

John Aloisi praises Thomas Broich: Professional until the end

John Aloisi praises Thomas Broich: Professional until the end

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi says he's been blown away by Joe Caletti's unflappable attitude as the teenage midfielder prepares for his first taste of A-League finals action.

With Aloisi now unable to guarantee the 36-year-old playmaker a contract for next season, Broich is looking elsewhere to continue his decorated career, much to the dismay of fans who felt more should have been done to keep the two-time Johnny Warren Medallist in Brisbane.

"Bosnich continued to talk of the A-Leagues salary cap, which some feel is restricting the league in competing with big spending Asian competitors such as the Chinese Super League".

"At the beginning of the season and halfway through the season he wasn't sure if he wanted to play on but just a couple of weeks ago he decided that he did".

"I didn't even make the decision".

"It's very hard to explain to the general public what goes on behind closed doors but Thomas Broich for me has been a joy to coach".

"If we can get over 30,000 there for the game and make it an occasion, a spectacle, everyone will remember that day and that will help us get over the line against a good Wanderers side", he said. "I get along really well with Thomas".

Brisbane Roar star Thomas Broich.

"For me, there are only a few more games to play for the Roar, and I'll just fight like a lion".

He said: "They would love to keep him but can't because they'd have to get rid of two or three younger players which they don't want to do".

"Their main focus is on performing on the weekend".

A diminutive figure much like McKay, the former Joeys captain has been an assured presence in Brisbane's engine room and Aloisi reckons he'll have no trouble dealing with the added pressure of Friday's elimination final against Western Sydney.

"That hurt that night because we wanted to go to the grand final".

"We shouldn't be restricted in our attempts to keep guys like Thomas at the Roar for the rest of his career", he said.

"It drove us more in pre-season but whether it was against Wanderers or someone else, there's no revenge here".

"That's what you want from a midfielder in his position because we play through them a lot".

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