Maclaren plays final game for Roar
JAMIE Maclaren has confirmed his Brisbane Roar departure.
The prolific 23-year-old striker Roar's exit has been long expected after he rejected the club's offer to re-sign him.
But he waited until after the Roar's final game of their 2016-2017 campaign, Wednesday night's 3-2 AFC Champions League loss to Ulsan Hyundai at Suncorp Stadium, to announce he was leaving Brisbane.
Maclaren scored both of Brisbane's goals in their season-ending defeat to take his Roar tally to 43 in 61 appearances in all competitions for the John Aloisi-coached team.
"I've had the faith of John and the coaching staff, and I've grown as a player but when you feel like you've reached the limit, you feel like you want to go that next step ... it's a good time for me (to leave),” Maclaren said.
Maclaren is tipped to link with another departing Roar attacking weapon, Brandon Borrello, at German second division club Kaiserslautern.
"I'm not going to lie, I'm looking at things. It could be an option but it's not my focus. I'm not just going to go to another club because Brandon's there,” he said.
"We do have (on-field) chemistry and it would help.”
Borrello, who set up both of Maclaren's goals on Wednesday night, was on Tuesday linked with a move to Kaiserslautern, although he was reluctant to confirm the news.
"I've enjoyed playing at Brisbane Roar,” Borrello said.
Brandon Borrello and Jamie Maclaren are set to link up again in
"It shows. The boys, the coaching staff and the boss (Aloisi) have all believed in me.
"It's football and you never know what's going to happen. It's the end of the season now and everyone's future's up in the air.”
Roar legend Thomas Broich, who missed the loss to Ulsan due to an ankle injury, has also played his last game for the club.
Aloisi thanked Broich for his contribution to the club.
"There's always going to be players that will leave, there's always going to be players that will come through,” Aloisi said.
"Thomas Broich, he won't be with us next season. He's had a fantastic career, especially here with Brisbane Roar ... we want to thank him.”
Aloisi also expressed his gratitude to Maclaren.
"I expected he was going to leave. I hope he does really well,” the Roar coach said.
"I thank him for everything he's given us. Over 40 goals, you can't ask much more than that from a striker and I still believe there's a lot left in Jamie Maclaren.”