New Roar skipper Matt McKay will set a club record when tackling the Mariners on Saturday.
New Roar skipper Matt McKay will set a club record when tackling the Mariners on Saturday. GETTY IMAGES

Matt McKay gets Roar of approval

IT'S going to be a big week for Brisbane Roar veteran Matt McKay.

Not only will the 31-year-old officially take the reins as skipper, after being named to replace the departing Matt Smith, he will also play in a club-record 163rd A-League match when the Roar clashes with Central Coast at Gosford on Saturday.

McKay, who debuted in the club's first match in 2005, will pass Massimo Murdocca's 162 games for the Roar between 2005-13.

"I don't play for records, it's more about winning championships for me," he said yesterday.

"But I am delighted to be taking over the record from Mass (Murdocca) because we started here together. We are entrenched in the club's history, we know where it all began and how it evolved. Hopefully I can add more tradition and history to our club in the future."

McKay previously captained the Roar from 2009-11 before stints with the Glasgow Rangers, Busan IPark (South Korea) and Changchun Yatai (China).

He returned home last year.

He has been thrust back into the leadership role after Smith opted to cross to Thai club Bangkok Glass.

"I saw myself as a leader even when I wasn't captain. I'll keep that same role I have always had but now I'll also ask the other players to help me and to help our cause as we still have to improve as a team," he said.

As an added bonus, McKay, who has represented the Socceroos on 50 occasions, has been gifted a two-year contract extension. "Brisbane Roar has been very supportive in making longer deals for players where they can grow into the club and feel like they are contributing and I am no different. So I am delighted to be here for another couple of seasons after this one," he said.

The Roar will take on the Mariners on the back of a 1-0 win over Adelaide United.


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