Thomas Broich pulls plug on Roar farewell
THOMAS Broich will happily retire if he fails to land another playing contract.
Broich has played his last match for Brisbane Roar after ruling himself out of the club's season-ending AFC Champions League match against Ulsan Hyundai on Wednesday night due to an ankle problem.
Departing striker Jamie Maclaren will make his final appearance for Brisbane against Ulsan, and it also could be Brandon Borrello's last match for the Roar, with the winger having been linked with a move to a German second-division club.
German playmaker Broich's decision not to play on Wednesday night left Roar officials disappointed, with the club's medical staff having declared the 36-year-old playmaker fit to play.
The Roar had also promoted the Suncorp Stadium match as the chance for fans to farewell the two-time Johnny Warren Medallist.
However, Broich's sore ankle had been playing on his mind since the Roar's A-League semi-final loss to the Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park nine days ago.
"I rocked up to training still hoping that I'd be all right but it's just too painful at the moment," Broich said.
Broich will seek medical advice before deciding whether to have ankle surgery in the near future.
The decision could also depend on whether he receives another offer.
It was revealed last month that Broich was bringing his stellar seven-year Roar career to an end after the club's failure to guarantee him a deal next season.
At that stage he was extremely eager to play on. While he still hopes to land another contract elsewhere, if he doesn't, he will be content to hang up his boots.
"There has been nothing yet (in terms of an offer)," Broich said.
"At my point in life there is no reason to be worried because I'm fairly happy with it to come to an end too.
"I'm sort of in no man's land at the moment. This could be a holiday, this could be retirement.
"I literally take it day by day. There's nothing I can do other that sit around, wait and in the meantime just enjoy what I'm doing."
Broich plans to sit for his coaching badges in Germany, and also hopes to travel around Australia and Asia.
"Now is the time to really enjoy life. This is a perfect opportunity for me to live an unburdened and unrestricted life," he said.
Roar managing director Mark Kingsman was disappointed that Broich had declared himself unfit for Wednesday night's match, claiming there was no danger of him further damaging his ankle.
"The club wanted him to play and were expecting him to play," Kingsman said.
"It's a shame because all the fans wanted to come to say goodbye to him."
Broich still plans to be at Suncorp Stadium to farewell Brisbane fans.
"I want to say goodbye and express gratitude towards a lot of people," said Broich, who made 203 appearances for the Roar in all competitions and was a major factor in the club winning three A-League championships.