Brisbane Roar has a staggering 17 first-team players coming off contract at the conclusion of the season with first choice left back Corey Brown one of these players.

The Brisbane product’s contract status has attracted the interest of Melbourne Victory with head coach John Aloisi confirming Victory had made the required formal approach to the club to discuss Brown’s footballing future.

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Brown made his debut for the Roar in the 2012/13 season as a 19-year-old and has gone on to make 86 appearances in Roar colours.

Despite the Melbourne interest Brown has remained quiet on his off-contract status, neither confirming nor denying he would be leaving his hometown club.

“I mean with off-contract people there’s always going to be speculation, I just leave with it my agent and let him deal with it.

“I’ve been at the club for seven years, I’ve grown up in Brisbane all my life so I love the club immensely and  if that’s an option (re-signing with Brisbane) I’d love to but we’ll just see what happens.”

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If the 2016/17 Brisbane Roar Player of the Season winner were to leave Brisbane he should look no further than good friend and Melbourne City midfielder Luke Brattan who is always one to receive a mixed reception on his return to Suncorp Stadium.

“I’ve seen that a bit actually,” he said.

“Me and Brattsy have some good banter out there on the field and it’s always fun playing against him.”

Brown’s 2017/18 season got off to a stuttered start when in round three he suffered a hamstring injury that ruled him off the pitch for six weeks.

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After returning from the injury layoff Brown has been in and out of the side with niggling concerns and the emergence of Connor O’Toole but admits his fitness is where it needs to be.

“Fitness is really good,” he said.

“We’ve got a new physio in Stewart Leake who has done really good things for me lately and I’m feeling really good, just happy to be out there on the field again.”

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Josh is a student journalist at the University of Queensland currently covering Brisbane Roar's 17/18 season.