Brisbane Roar captain and ex-Socceroo Matt McKay has made it clear he won’t be announcing anything on his future plans until the end of this A-League season.

Very soon to be off-contract, there’s been some speculation about McKay’s intentions beyond the current season.

This speculation has been amplified by the uncertainty surrounding the Roar’s plans for next season – the lack of a permanent head coach making it hard to predict what direction the squad will take.

When asked about re-signing earlier this week, McKay was predictably cagey.

“I don’t want to talk about it to be honest. I’m more worried about the team,” he said.

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“My personal situation doesn’t really have an effect on it.

“I’m pretty proud of what I’ve done throughout my career, and if I go again or not it’s not really an issue.

“We’ll come to that when it is time.”

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At age 36, McKay has proven this season he is still a capable starter in the A-League, although his diminishing pace has at times left him vulnerable in the midfield.

Amidst a narrative – Brisbane’s coaching situation – which has come to define their season, McKay maintains that the Roar’s drawn-out coaching search is having no effect on his future plans.

“On me, no – maybe other people. The club were up-front straightaway and said they were going to do a process,” he said.

“When that process finishes I don’t know. I think sooner rather than later would be great – you need to start signing players for next season.

“I’m sure the club’s working behind the scenes to do that.”

His value to the club as a leader – both on and off the pitch – has been apparent throughout what has been a difficult season for the Roar.

Interim head coach Darren Davies was quick to praise the positive effect McKay has on the club.

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“He’s a leader on the pitch – the numbers and the running he’s getting through,” Davies said.

“Also off the pitch, the way he conducts himself, the way he is around the group.

“I haven’t got enough good words to say about Matt McKay. He’s been brilliant for me personally, obviously the position I’ve been placed in – he’s supported me ever so well.

“He’s a true leader of the football club and he continues to be so.”

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