Brisbane Roar boss John Aloisi has lauded outgoing star Thomas Broich’s attitude ahead of their make or break elimination final against Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
The Courier-Mail revealed 36-year-old Broich is to depart Brisbane at the end of the A-League season, with Aloisi unable to provide a concrete financial offer.
Broich has been with the Roar since signing for the club under Ange Postecoglou in 2010, and he has since captured the imagination of the A-League community as one of the best imports – and players – it has ever seen.
The German maestro has claimed a catalogue of honours in Australia, including two Johnny Warren Medals as well as a Joe Marston Medal, all alongside three championships and two premierships.
Set to embark on another championship tilt, Aloisi paid homage to Broich’s professional mentality, despite admitting he had no say over the former Nurnberg player’s decision.
“Thomas Broich for me has been a joy to coach. I get along really well with Thomas because I can talk to him for hours about football, and he loves that,” he said.
“We’ve got a great relationship and we always have had. After training, during training, we’ve got that relationship and I think that will continue on past this season.
“Thomas made a decision. At the beginning of the season and halfway through the season, he wasn’t sure whether he wanted to play on. Just a couple of weeks ago he decided he did.
“I didn’t even make the decision. It was something that Thomas made and we respect that.
“Now we’re just focused on the game. I spoke to him yesterday afternoon … he said ‘I’m preparing the same as I would any other game’ and that’s the professional that he is.”
Aloisi added that his side are not seeking revenge for a 5-4 semi-final defeat against Western Sydney last season.
“That hurt because we wanted to go to the grand final and it drove us more this preseason,” Aloisi said.
“There’s no revenge here. We want to go all the way.”
Brisbane will face Melbourne Victory in an away semi-final if they win, while a Wanderers success sets up a tantalising Sydney Derby.