Jamie Maclaren of the Brisbane Roar controls the ball.
Jamie Maclaren of the Brisbane Roar controls the ball. Chris Hyde

Roar boss plays down Maclaren fitness concerns

BRISBANE coach John Aloisi says Jamie Maclaren is fit for the Roar's clash against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium tonight despite the Socceroos striker having limited involvement in yesterday's training session.

Maclaren, who is set to leave the Roar next season after rejecting the club's offer to re-sign him, was running laps of the field while the rest of the squad trained together, and seemed to be nursing his upper leg as he watched the latter stages of the session from the sidelines.

But Aloisi said Maclaren, who has been left out of the Roar's starting line-up for the past two weeks, would be available for selection.

"The last two weeks, because he didn't start, we worked him hard at the beginning of the week and with his loading, it was always planned the day before to just do a little bit, make sure he's getting his run-throughs, the runs he does in a game anyway," Aloisi said.

"He'll be involved in the squad tomorrow.

"Jamie understands that it's not about any individual, it's about the team."

While Maclaren's future beyond the season seems to be away from Brisbane, the Roar yesterday confirmed key defender Luke DeVere had re-signed with the club for two more years.

The 27-year-old former Brisbane Grammar School student rejected offers from rival A-League clubs and teams in Asia to stay with the Roar.

"I'm a Brisbane boy and I've enjoyed every minute I've been at this football club, so it's exciting to be committing my future to the club," said DeVere, who joins recent re-signings Matt McKay and Thomas Kristensen in extending their Roar tenures.

"With Matty, TK and myself, we're starting to hone in on a few players and some important players for us, so I'm sure in the next couple of months the rest that are still off-contract will get sorted out one way or another.

"We're confident that whatever happens, the club will move forward in a positive direction."


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