The reigning A-League champions have agreed extensions with six players, including star German playmaker Thomas Broich and captain Matt Smith
|By KIERAN JONES
Brisbane Roar have had a victory before the new A-League season has even started, announcing the signing of six players to contract extensions on Monday.
Roar captain Matt Smith and German import Thomas Broich headline the group of stars who re-signed, along with vice-captain Shane Stefanutto, defender Ivan Franjic, gloveman Michael Theo and Brazilian Henrique.
The mass commitment comes as good news for new coach Rado Vidosic, in particular the signing of reigning Johnny Warren medallist Broich, who signed a four-year deal to keep him at the club until the end of the 2016-17 season.
All six of the players were part of the Roar's A-League grand final victories in seasons 2010-11 and 2011-12, and look set to add considerably to their combined 400 A-League appearances.
"This is a great day for Brisbane Roar," Vidosic said.
"The re-signing of these six Championship-winning players gives us a fantastic base to work from for further success and also gives us stability for the future.
"These players are excellent role models for younger players, and with their guidance we hope to develop the next generation of Brisbane Roar champions."
Theo has also signed on for another four years, while playmaker Henrique has signed for three years on the back of news the Brazilian has applied for permanent residency in Australia.
Smith and Franjic also added three years each in their deals, while veteran Stefanutto put pen to paper on a one year extension.
Smith said it was important for the players to know they were part of the club's future.
"One of the big things when talking to the club was discussing the vision the management has for the team and it was very reassuring to know they wanted to keep us together," Smith said.
"There have been opportunities not just for me but for the other players, here in Australia and overseas, but what we are trying to create is worth more than money.
"We want to create that legacy and keep building on it and that was a key part of my decision to stay in Brisbane."
Smith said he and his Brisbane teammates were not content with back-to-back championships.
"We don't want to rest on what we've accomplished over the past two years, we want to keep pushing and set more benchmarks in the league"