Australian Brent McGrath's future at Brondby is still subject to successful contract talks, but the forward is in the plans of the Danish club
|By MICHAEL HUGUENIN
Danish club Brondby have declared their interest in re-signing Brent McGrath despite a frustrating season for the Australian striker.
McGrath, who has been at Brondby since July 2010, is one of eight players at the club whose contracts will expire at the end of June.
Denmark's football media had widely expected the one-time Australia international to be released because he only played 10 of the club's 33 Danish Superliga matches this season, with all of those appearances coming off the bench.
But sports director Ole Bjur has revealed on Brondby's website that McGrath is still wanted, although a leadership vacuum at the club means the 21-year-old Australian will have to wait until next month to sign a new contract.
Bjur announced the release of four players on Thursday before adding that Brondby were negotiating new contracts with McGrath, veterans Dennis Rommedahl and Jan Kristiansen, as well as exciting Danish youngster Jens Stryger Larsen.
"Since the end of the season, we have held meetings with the eight players in the Superliga squad, whose contracts expire now," Bjur said.
"That has resulted in us saying goodbye to four players; Anders Randrup, Mathias Larsen, Jannik Skov Han and Azad Corlu.
"We're still in dialogue with the four other players, Dennis Rommedahl, Jan Kristiansen, Jens Stryger Larsen and Brent McGrath."
While McGrath spent most of the 2012-13 campaign on the bench, Bjur has implied the Sydney-born striker will continue to get playing time at Brondby next season, as that was the reason the other four players were let go.
But despite the club's interest in re-signing McGrath, he will not be offered a new deal until after board elections scheduled for June 10.
Brondby, who are based in the southwestern suburbs of Copenhagen, went close to bankruptcy this season before a group of new investors stepped in at the end of April and, until the new shareholders elect a new board, the club is unable to make any decisions on the playing squad.
"We are in a vacuum and we're slightly paralysed because we find ourselves between two boards," Brondby's acting CEO Tommy Hakansson said.
"On one side we have a board who can't make decisions on the future and on the other side we know that the new [board] will first be elected on June 10."
Brondby are a traditional powerhouse club in Denmark, having won 10 league titles in the past 30 years, but have finished just above the Superliga's drop zone in the last two seasons.
This season, Brondby finished their campaign with a six-game unbeaten streak to avoid relegation, which was only confirmed when they won their final match on Monday.