He’s an unsung hero of the Sky Blues’ stellar start to the season, and it’s a tag Luke Brattan revels in as he prepares to welcome his former club Brisbane Roar to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium for the Sky Blues' home clash on Friday night.
Putting the squad ahead of any personal ambitions, Brattan said this Sky Blue team are a joy to be a part of.
The midfielder also stated that the Sky Blues can perform even better than in their 5-1 thrashing of the Roar in December, as he said encounters against the Queenslanders always stir up fond memories.
“I couldn’t care less if I get the praise or not, it’s about the team and that’s why I play the game,” Brattan said.
“If I wanted all the accolades, I’d go play golf or tennis. I’m enjoying myself, I just look to do my job and give the ball to the front four and sit back and enjoy what they do, they’re fantastic players.
“I’m loving it here, we’ve got a great bunch of boys and a great culture at the club, staff included.
“I’m just trying to enjoy myself and do my job and it’s going well at the moment.
“We were good [in that 5-1 win] but I still think that we can be better,” he continued.
“We create a lot of chances and score a lot of goals but we need to keep more clean sheets and that’s a goal as a defensive midfielder.
“I pride myself on helping the back four and the goalkeeper, and clean sheets is the goal. We defend really well, and even when we’re not dominating possession, I still feel very comfortable that we’re not going to concede a goal.
“It’s always special to play the Roar, obviously I had a lot of success there and it was a good time in my career.
“It was a long time ago though, and now it’s just another game that we need to win and another good performance and three points.”
Returning to Kogarah after three weeks on the road, Brattan said he’s looking forward to seeing the Sky Blues’ faithful out in their droves for a Friday night clash.
“I can’t wait to get back to Kogarah in front of the Cove,” he said.
“The fans are fantastic, and especially at Kogarah it’s a great atmosphere.
“At a lot of games, the Melbourne City one springs to mind, the atmosphere was incredible and definitely helped us get over the line.
“They’re fantastic, they’re loud and passionate and it’s a pleasure to play in front of them. I don’t think they understand how much they do help.”
Sydney FC face the Brisbane Roar at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Friday night following an exciting Foxtel Y-League Grand Final at 4:30pm AEDT. Grab your tickets and be there for a thrilling evening of action.