McKay: Roar situation a worry

12 January 2018 01:06:02 EST

Captain Matt McKay admits Brisbane Roar's players are under pressure to earn new contracts with the struggling A-League club.

The veteran midfielder is one of 19 players on the Roar's books whose futures beyond this season are uncertain.

It's proving hard for them to make a good case for contract extensions, with the team next to bottom in the table after winning just three of their first 15 games.

Among the players whose deals expire at the end of the campaign are marquee Brett Holman, reigning club champion Corey Brown, imports Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Massimo Maccarone, utility Ivan Franjic and goalkeeper Jamie Young.

McKay says he spoke to all the other players at training about the situation.

"This is our job, so we want to perform at the best of our ability to continue doing our job," he added. "At the moment it's not happening so no-one can really walk into (football director Craig Moore's) office and demand a contract.

"We'll continually work hard and hopefully those results come and some players start to get resigned. But if not, then the club can change direction."

Meanwhile, Western Sydney have signed veteran Marcelo Carrusca after he was released by Melbourne City. The 34-year-old is linking back up with coach Josep Gombau, who he played under at Adelaide United.

The Argentinian, who has played over 100 A-League games and scored 25 goals, was voted into the Professional Footballers Australia Team of the Season in three consecutive years between 2012 and 2015.

On Saturday, Western Sydney Wanderers are 9/4 to beat Wellington Phoenix who are 23/20, with the draw 13/5.

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