FOOTBALL: Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi says the club is already on the hunt for new players as it prepares for its final game of the season - an Asian Champions League clash with Ulsan Hyundai at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
Striker Jamie Maclaren has already stated his intentions to move on, while yesterday there were reports suggesting fellow attacker Brandon Borrello was set to join a second-division German club.
Add that to the fact veteran Thomas Broich has played his last game for the Roar and it seems Aloisi will have a lot of work to do after tonight's clash.
But the former Socceroos striker said the wheels were already turning on potential replacements.
"You always have to look," Aloisi said.
"That's part of coaching. That's part of the salary cap.
"When halfway through the season you are thinking that players might move on, they might not be here next season, you already have to plan your cap and the players you can replace them with.
"We have been looking non-stop.
"Have we found a replacement for these players? Not yet. But I am sure that we will.
"Corona, who was our player of the season last year, left in a certain period in the off-season and we found Thomas Kristensen.
"I needed a striker in pre-season in the previous campaign and I found Jamie Maclaren, so there are players out there. It's just making sure they are the right fit for the team and the right fit for the football club and making sure we get that right.
"We won't rush into anything."
Aloisi would not confirm whether the rumours of Borrello's departure were true but said the fact he and a number of other players were on the radar of European clubs meant the Roar must be doing something right.
Skipper Matt McKay said it was important the season ended on a high note with a victory against the Korean outfit, which defeated the Roar 6-0 the last time the sides met. The Roar are out of contention to make the next round of the competition.
"You can call this game whatever you want but we are out there to win," he said.
"We want to end the season on a positive note.
"Like you have all been saying we have players leaving.
"We want the players who are staying to be in a positive mood going into the off-season, so when we arrive back early July for the start of pre-season we are ready and raring to go and making ourselves a better team come next season.
"So this is the start of next season for me."
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