Brattan backs Brisbane to race away

Mike Mulvey's team will be setting the pace at the top of the table in the early rounds of the season, if the confident predictions of their young midfielder are anything to go by

Brisbane Roar midfield Luke Brattan hopes the club's impressive pre-season form will equip them to make a flying start when the 2013-14 A-League kicks off.

The Roar have registered victories over every A-League opponent they have faced so far in the build-up to the new campaign, beating Melbourne Heart, Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC and the Central Coast Mariners.

Received wisdom suggests that the results of warm-up fixtures may not necessarily be an accurate guide for how teams will fare in the season proper, but that didn't temper Brattan's enthusiasm when he spoke to Goal Australia and's In Off The Post Podcast.

"Definitely," was the 23-year-old's unequivocal response when asked if the Roar are confident of hitting the ground running next month.

"To be honest we haven't had our strongest starting XI out in any of those games, we've always had a couple of people missing. We are looking very, very good, very fit.

"The boys are focused and we just want to get a good start. Hopefully we can be up there halfway through the season and get a lead, get away from the other teams chasing us."

While Brisbane have strengthened considerably in midfield, bringing in experienced duo Liam Miller and Matt McKay, concerns remain about the Roar's depth up front, with Besart Berisha looking set to shoulder the bulk of the goal-scoring burden once again.

However, exciting teenager Kwame Yeboah has been earning positive reviews this off-season, prompting Brattan to suggest his team-mate could be ready to make a genuine impact at Suncorp Stadium.

"Kwame's a good young footballer, he's exciting," Brattan said.

"The crowd love him and he has been in form in pre-season. He does have a lot to learn. The team and Mike are trying to shape him into the way we play and supporting Bes [Berisha] as well, so that if we have any injuries with Bes, Kwame is capable and challenging enough to step in and do the job. I think he's proved that in this pre-season."

Listen to Luke Brattan on Episode 7 of In Off the Post here!

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