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Brattan seeks consistency for AL return

  • Brattan seeks consistency for AL return

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02: Clayton Arnez of Floreat Athena and Luke Brattan of Melbourne City contest for the ball during the FFA Cup Round of 32 match between Floreat Athena and Melbourne City FC at Dorrien Garden on August 2, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Luke Brattan was dreaming of playing in Europe after his shock signing for Manchester City this time last year.

Now he's simply looking to get his career back on track in the A-League this season.

The 26-year-old midfielder made worldwide headlines last October when he joined the Premier League powerhouse, shortly after securing a release from Brisbane Roar for unpaid superannuation.

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It was a signing that came out of nowhere - and one that seemed to lead to nowhere as well.

Brattan never came close to playing for City and he also failed to make an appearance in the English Championship during an unhappy, injury-interrupted loan spell with Bolton Wanderers.

In fact, his 90 minutes for Melbourne City in last month's FFA Cup win over the Brisbane Strikers was his first senior game since May, 2015 - the last time he wore the Roar's orange jersey.

Skeptics always saw Brattan's switch as a way for the City Football Group to work around A-League transfer regulations, and when he was loaned back home earlier in the pre-season, they were proved right.

Brattan is now a key man for City, and one of several players coach John van 't Schip will be counting on to pick up the playmaking slack left behind by Aaron Mooy.

"I just want to be consistent all year and injury free," Brattan said.

"I fit straight into the team. I think I'm pretty comfortable in and around the boys in midfield.

"We've got some fantastic talent this year.

"It's a great club to be at. The facilities, the professionalism of the club, from the staff in the office to the staff out on the field - it's one big family, and that's what I love about it."

A good A-League season could also revive Brattan's Socceroos hopes.

Ange Postecoglou picked Brattan in his squad for World Cup qualifiers against Bangladesh and Tajikistan last year.

While Brattan didn't play a minute, he clearly left an impression.

Tim Cahill, who is now his Melbourne City teammate, has compared Brattan's passing style and control to that of Mark Bresicano.

"You guys might think that's a big comment. But I think give it some time and this kid will be making some noises," Cahill said at the time.

City hosts Western Sydney in their FFA Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night at AAMI Park.

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