Brisbane Roar lose bid for Sarota
Utrecht sold midfielder Jens Toornstra to Eredivisie powerhouse Feyenoord ruling out Sarota’s chances of heading back to Queensland on a season loan.
The 25-year-old was hoping to press his case for inclusion in the Socceroos Asian Cup team with regular A-League football after struggling to break into Utrecht’s first team.
“The club had been a little bit open to the loan idea, and said to me to put my feelers out,” Sarota told the Courier Mail.
“But now they’ve come back to me and said they want me to stay now. They won’t let me go out on loan because they’ve sold another player.
“Everything has been put on hold.”
The ex-Roar player added: “Brisbane’s a great club and would have been a perfect fit.
“Every season they play for titles, they’re playing in the Asian Champions League this season. I’d be flattered to play again for a club like the Roar.
“But I’m signed with Utrecht and I can’t just run away from the club.
“I’ve just got to train hard and do well when I get my chance to play. It’s not a bad thing to have a lot of good players in your position. It pushes everyone.”
Only this week, Roar managing director Sean Dobson told the Courier Mail the club was "cautiously optimistic” about securing the player on loan.
Sarota made the Socceroos preliminary 30-man World Cup squad but missed the cut for Brazil after coach Ange Postecoglou felt it was too soon after a knee reconstruction for the Cairns-born player.
At the time Postecoglou made it clear the Queenslander still had plenty to offer the national team if he could get some game time under his belt.
“I was obviously sad,” Sarota said. “It’s every footballer’s dream to play at the World Cup.
“But I respected Ange’s decision. He’s the coach.
“That’s part of football, that’s part of life – sometimes you make it, sometimes you don’t.
“I feel my knee his 100 per cent now, but I have to play a lot more to improve my match fitness.
“I’m confident in my ability that when I get the chance, I’ll do well.”