Roar striker Brandon Borrello ready to fight for place
BRISBANE Roar attacker Brandon Borrello has strongly denied he is considering his future elsewhere, despite only starting in one A-League game this month.
That was against Melbourne City in his team's 3-1 win on Sunday, the 20-year-old ace impressing with a goal.
It was his fifth for the season, putting him equal-seventh on the competition's leading goal-scorers' list.
Borrello, also a member of Australia's Olyroos squad which hopes to qualify for the 2016 Olympics at next month's U23 Asian Championships in Qatar, is off contract at the end of the 2015-16 A-League season.
Rather than look at his lack of game time as a snub by coach John Aloisi, the 20-year-old said it had only strengthened his resolve.
"I didn't think about my future at all. For me, I have to do what's right for the team," Borrello said.
"You have to stay in that moment, gather yourself and pick yourself up, and just work hard.
"And if that meant leaving me out and sitting me out and letting me regather my thoughts, it's paid off."
Borrello said there had been no new developments on talks regarding his future, whether that will be in Brisbane, elsewhere in the A-League, or even overseas.
"I'm trying to position myself far away from that because I don't want it to take away from the great season the team's having at the moment," he said.
This Saturday night's home clash against Perth Glory will be Borrello's last club game for a number of weeks as he heads to Qatar for the Olympic qualifiers.
Fellow Roar players Jamie Maclaren and James Donachie are also in the Olyroos squad.
Australia needs to finish in the top three to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Borrello is desperate to play in the Games, having dreamed of representing his country since he was a young child.
"To have the opportunity to potentially play in the Olympics, that'd be great," he said.
He also said he was determined to get back to being a regular starter for Brisbane.
"The boss has challenged me - I hadn't started in the past three games leading up to last week," he said.
"I think I've answered him and taken my opportunities as well as I could."