Brattan eyes a European adventure

Departing Brisbane Roar midfielder Luke Brattan has set his sights on a move to Europe.

Brattan’s contract with the Roar has been terminated after failed superannuation payments for more than a year.

An independent arbitrator has ruled that the termination is legal, although the Roar is expected to appeal.

The 25-year old, who has just been called up to the Socceroos to replace injured skipper Mile Jedinak, is keen to try football in Europe and not join another A-League club.

“It’s a dream of mine to head over to Europe and I want to test myself at the highest level possible,” Brattan told FourFourTwo Australia.

“I think if I leave the Roar and go to another A-League club it’s a sideways step for me and I want to try and move forward and test myself and play at a higher level.

“If that’s in Europe then I’ll pursue that.”

Brattan has been the subject of interest from English Championship side Brighton in the past.

“They’ve been in contact for me for the last two years,” he said.

“I had a trial organised but of course I got that injury that sort of ruled me out of that. They’ve been in contact with me again.”

Brattan admitted he doesn’t have preference on which league he wants to play in overseas.

“I’m not quite sure to be honest, I’ve just got to weigh up where suits me the best,” he said.

“England’s different to Holland, Holland’s different to Germany, each league around Europe is different.

"With my playing style I’ve got to figure where’s the best move for me and where I’m going to play the most games and get the most minutes.

“Because that’s the only thing that’s going to improve my game is game-time. I’ll weigh that up and make a choice from that.”

Brattan, who was born in Hull but raised in Queensland, has just been called up for Australia’s next two World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan.
The former Rochedale Rovers junior is thrilled to be picked to step in for Jedinak.
“It’s brilliant,” he said. 
“It caught me a little bit off guard. I turned up to training this morning and John Aloisi told me he got a call a night before that I was in the squad. So I was bit shocked. But I’m stoked, I can’t wait.”
Brattan, who has been with the Roar since 2008, knows Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou well from his successful time with the A-League club.
“I spent three years with him at the Roar and I sort of know how he works and he knows me as a player,” he said.
“But I’m sure he’s developed as a coach and I’ve definitely developed as a player and have changed a bit in the time we’ve been apart. I can’t wait.”
Brattan has had some injury concerns in the past but said he is currently in peak condition.
“I feel great, I haven’t felt this good in two years to be honest,” he said. 
“I’ve still got the little ab niggle but it’s all sorted and I’m on top of it, training full-on and I feel great.”