Roar captain Matt McKay during training in Brisbane.
Roar captain Matt McKay during training in Brisbane. DAN PELED

Milestone man McKay still craves success

FOOTBALL: Matt McKay will put personal glory to one side tomorrow night when the Brisbane Roar kicks off the new season against title favourite Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium.

The 33-year-old Roar skipper will become the first Roar player and sixth in A-League history to play 200 matches for the same club.

"To get 200 games is pretty special for myself,” he said. "But a title is what I am after and we want to just make the season a good one.”

McKay said new players such as Brett Holman, Thomas Kristensen and Manuel Arana had tapped into the Roar DNA despite only arriving at the club in pre-season.

He said that with those players and the more established stars at the Roar all pushing in the same direction, he was hoping a fourth A-League crown could be within the team's grasp.

"Success is what everyone wants for this club,” he said. "Whoever it is - whether it be a new player or someone who has been at the club for a long time like me, we want to be successful.

"All the new boys have bought into that. As a playing group we have great character and that will show again this year.”

McKay said he was looking forward to taking on Victory on home soil tomorrow night.

The Roar is unbeaten in three matches against Kevin Muscat's team, with two victories and a draw, and the veteran is looking for that to continue in front of what is expected to be a big crowd.

"They are always good games against the Victory and we have a good record at Suncorp,” he said.

"I know teams don't like coming up here and we are looking for making it as hard as we can for every team.

"Victory are always one of the teams people expect to do well, so it will be a good challenge in round one.”

McKay is out of contract at the end of this season but he said he no plans to call it quits at the end of the campaign.

"I am pretty sure, no I am definite, this won't be my last season,” he said.

"I want everyone to improve because if we improve as a team then we will go close this year.

"We have lost some players such as Corona and Henrique but we have got some good ones who have come in and they have integrated well.”

PHIL DILLON



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