Promising young defender Corey Brown has signed a three year contract extension with defending A-League champions Brisbane Roar.
The deal, announced on Thursday, will keep the club's former youth league player at Suncorp Stadium until the end of the 2017/18 season.
Brisbane born and raised Brown signed his first senior contract in 2013 and sees the club as the best place to realise his national team ambition.
“I’m a Brisbane boy, I’ve got a lot of passion for this club so it’s great to sign for the next three years,” Brown said.
“It was an easy decision for me – my hometown club, it’s a great environment to learn and develop, and I’m around my family and the lads.”
A product of the Queensland Academy of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport, the 21-year-old also has football in his blood with his father Rod a former Socceroo.
Brown is a current member of Australia’s U23 team and believes the Queensland club is the ideal environment for him to continue to progress as a footballer - with the aim of one day replicating his dad’s achievements.
“This is the best place for me to develop and become a better player,” he said.
“It’s shown now that you don’t need to leave the A-League to become a Socceroo – the likes of Matt McKay and Ivan Franjic have shown that if you’re performing well in the A-League and at this club, that you can get call ups to the national team.
“It’s a massive ambition of mine to play for the Socceroos one day and I feel that being here can help me reach my goal.”
Brisbane Roar Director of Football Ken Stead said Brown’s contract extension showed the club is committed to providing pathways for young Queensland footballers.
“Corey is a prime example of this – he captained the Young Roar, he made his senior debut in the AFC Champions League in 2012 and now is performing at a consistently high level for our A-League side,” Stead said.
“We’re pleased to see Corey commit to the club and his enthusiasm and work ethic will be a great asset to our squad over the next three years.”