Lustica puts Roar success before contract talks

Brisbane Roar midfielder Steven Lustica is out of contract at the end of the season but the 24-year-old is only focused on the current campaign.

Lustica and 11 of his Roar teammates are in the final six months of their Brisbane deals meaning they’re free to talk to other A-League suitors.

But the former Hadjuk Split midfielder gives the impression he want to stays at the Roar and be part of John Alosi’s rejuvenated side.

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“I’m here at Brisbane Roar, I’m a Brisbane Roar player and this is where I am at," Lustica told FourFourTwo.

“I’m just looking to improve and continue to improve and learn every day.

“I’m still young, my goal is just to keep on developing and to keep on moving forward. I’m looking to try and make an impact when I am playing.

“Keep on improving, keep on developing and keep on learning – they are my goals – and to keep improving as a team.”

Lustica last started for Roar against the Central Coast Mariners in Round 11 but previous to that he has been mostly used an impact player off the bench.

Even though he has only made four starting appearances for the Roar this season, the former Young Socceroo is philosophical about the selection process at the club.

“I don’t think any club tells players you’re a regular,” he said.

“Nobody is a regular, and you’ve got to earn your spot in the team. That is in every club. Everywhere I’ve been it’s been the same. You’ve got to earn your place, you’ve got to fight for your position.

“We’ve got competition for places in our squad and that is what you want in football. You don’t want to have an easy ride. You want to have challenges and that is why we have got a great squad we’ve got great depth in our team.

“Any player that comes in is always going to do a job so it doesn’t really matter who is playing so long as we stick to our structure and we stick to what the boss wants from us. I think that is the main thing.”

The Canberra FC junior may not be pushing for Socceroos selection at the moment but Lustica still has hopes of national team honours and said the local competition is an entry point.

“That’s the pinnacle for any player is to one day play for the Socceroos,” he said.

“It’s always inspiring and motivating to see A-League players doing well and getting called up to the national team.

“That just shows to any player that if you are performing well it doesn’t matter where you are playing in the A-league or anywhere else around the world.

“If you are performing well there is a chance for you to play for the Socceroos. That would be a massive honour to one day put on a green and gold jersey. Those are obviously goals that you work for in your football career.”

Brisbane Roar take on Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday at 4:15 PM (Local) (5:15 PM (AEDT)

Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.