Brosque's A-League snub

Socceroo Alex Brosque has no interest in an A-League return any time soon and says he'd like to stay in UAE for “another year or two” even when his current deal with Al Ain expires at season’s end.

Brosque, 30, has spent the past 18 months at Al Ain where he won the title last season and his young family has become settled. 
 
Al Ain has had an underwhelming title defence, currently sitting sixth, with the Australian striker managing six goals this campaign, following 17 in his debut season.
 
Brosque has subsequently not been approached for several months about a formal contract extension by Al Ain.
 
The former Sydney FC man could be the latest Australian in a growing list to leave their Asian club in recent weeks, following Sasa Ognenovski, Daniel Mullen, Billy Celeski, Rostyn Griffiths, Michael Marrone and Eddy Bosnar.
 
“At the moment it’s sort of up in the air,” Brosque told Sport360. “I’m happy here and my family are settled in Al Ain but either way I’d like to stay in the country.
 
“My family is really enjoying it here and we’ve got some friends here so I think I’d like to stay here for another year or two and then see what happens.”
 
Brosque hasn’t played in the A-League since leaving Sydney for Shimizu S-Pulse in January 2011, having the won the title with Sky Blues the season before.
 
However, Brosque offered no indication he was considering a return home, stating he would ideally stay with Al Ain.
 
“Definitely in the next couple of months I’d like to tie something down,” he said. “I would have liked to stay at Al Ain but I haven’t been approached as of yet.”
 
Meanwhile, FourFourTwo understands Brosque is currently battling a rib injury which kept him out of Al Ain’s last league game, a 1-0 defeat to Al Wahda.
 
Initial reports suggested the rib problem could keep Brosque out for several weeks, threatening his availability for Australia's March 5 friendly with Ecuador, but the Australian is on the mend.
 
Al Ain are expected to take a cautious approach with him for Friday’s clash with Brett Holman’s Al Nasr, ahead of their AFC Champions League opener against Qatari club Lekhwiya next week.