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Broich reluctant to bid farewell to Suncorp Stadium

20th April 2017, 15:36 by Peter Hampshire

Broich targets perfect ending to seven-year Brisbane Roar stint after announcing he will leave the club at the end of the season.

Roar face Western Sydney Wanders in their final season play-off for the right to face 2nd-place Melbourne Victory in the semi-finals.

German Broich, who spent the majority of his career in his homeland before a move to Roar in 2010, has expressed his desire to see out his Suncorp days in style with a grand final victory on May 6.

Broich told The Courier-Mail that he doesn't wish for a commotion to surround possibly his last appearance for the Queensland based club.

He said: "It’s not the time for a farewell lap because it’s not the end...I’ve never felt so much at home at any other football stadium in the world."

The are 25,000 are expected to pile into the Suncorp hoping to taste more success than in the same fixture last year, in which Broich's road surrending an early three goal advantage to lose 5-4 through a Dario Vidosic extra-time tap in from five yards.

Australian goalkeeping legend Mark Bosnich told Fox Sports that he finds the timing of the announcement strange considering Brisbane's key upcoming fixtures.

The former Manchester United and Aston Villa stopper said: "Massive game coming up on Friday. I really don’t think it’s a really good idea for it to be released now. They’re still in the Champions League as well."

Bosnich continued to talk of the A-Leagues salary cap, which some feel is restricting the league in competing with big spending Asian competitors such as the Chinese Super League.

He said: "They would love to keep him but can’t because they’d have to get rid of two or three younger players which they don’t want to do. With the exception of America, there’s no other country that does it (salary capping) and it doesn’t do anyone any good."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Peter Hampshire

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