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Luke Brattan isn’t playing in the A-League grand final – but he’s still getting the experience every Aussie football star dreams of


Luke Brattan has enjoyed plenty of highlights in his decorated A-League career – but playing opposition in the Premier League is incredibly tough.

Brattan, 34, will be a key figure for the A-League All Stars when they take on Newcastle United on Friday – and remarkably, the Sydney FC captain will play through the pain of a broken leg.

«I hurt it in the elimination final (against Macarthur FC on May 4) so ​​I had a few jabs (of needles) to keep going,» the defensive midfielder told Daily Mail Australia.

“I’ve been lucky in my career to have played against Everton and Liverpool before, so I didn’t miss this game.

“It’s a special opportunity that I’m sure all the boys will soak up.

Luke Brattan will be a key figure for the A-League All Stars when they take on Newcastle United in Melbourne on Friday.

Brattan (pictured centre) will be joined by Socceroos star Mat Leckie (left) and young striker Nestory Irankunda in the clash against the Magpies.

Brattan (pictured centre) will be joined by Socceroos star Mat Leckie (left) and young striker Nestory Irankunda in the clash against the Magpies.

Out of contract, Brattan (pictured with his partner Courtney and their daughter Amaya) wants to stay at Sydney FC ahead of next season in the A-League.

Out of contract, Brattan (pictured with his partner Courtney and their daughter Amaya) wants to stay at Sydney FC ahead of next season in the A-League.

«With the younger guys, you never know in the whole world who’s watching, either.»

Brattan will also be watching the A-League grand final on Saturday night when the Central Coast Mariners host Melbourne Victory in Gosford.

His Sky Blues can consider themselves very unlucky not to be playing in the decider after a number of questionable tackles against them in the second qualifier on May 18.

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«It was tough, we played really well, I was proud of the boys, we had a great season,» he said.

“I don’t think it was.

Brattan, out of contract, wants to stay at Sydney FC – but knows the decision is not in his hands.

«After this (All Stars) game I will sit down with my partner and we will agree what we want to do next,» he said.

«I’ve been at the club since 2019, I hope we can work something out.»

The A-League All Stars take on Newcastle at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne on Friday from 17:05 AEST – with the A-League Women’s All Stars against Arsenal from 20:05 AEST at the same venue as part of a double header.

Matildas trio Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Kyra Cooney-Cross will be on the Gunners squad for Global Football Week.



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