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Broich still ranks among A-League's best

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016 Vince Rugari

Brisbane defender Jack Hingert reckons veteran Roar playmaker Thomas Broich still ranks among the A-League's top handful of players.

The 35-year-old German import and two-time Johnny Warren Medal winner is in the twilight of his career but appears to have lost none of his attacking prowess, coming off the bench in Sunday's 2-1 win over Central Coast to set up the decisive goal with a stunning cross for Jamie Maclaren.

The likes of Bruno Fornaroli, Marco Rojas and Milos Ninkovic have seized the individual spotlight in recent times but according to Hingert, Broich can match anyone in the competition on his day.

"Of course, definitely. He's proven it over the years, he's probably been the best import in the A-League," Hingert told reporters on Monday.

"He's a pleasure to have him in your team and regardless if he's starting or if he comes off the bench, he's shown what he can do."

Broich, who is playing his seventh season in the A-League, has been in and out of Brisbane's starting side this year as coach John Aloisi attempts to get the most out of his ageing legs - but Hingert said veteran hasn't taken his occasional benchings to heart.

"He realises he is towards the end of his career now. As you see, when he's on the pitch he does exactly the same, he does the business on the field regardless," he said.

"There hasn't been too much of a change, he's always up for it, trains well, very professional and there's no reason why that will change."

Broich is also off-contract at the end of the season and undecided if he will play on.

He revealed his burning coaching ambitions in pre-season, declaring he wants to stay with the Roar in some capacity after he hangs up his boots.

But he is also in the early stages of applying for Australian citizenship, which could see him counted as a local player instead of an import next season.

"We all want him to stay around, we'll see how he goes," Hingert said.

"He's someone we'd love to have at the club for however long he can play for, I guess. It's up to him.

"At the moment, he's looking good, so hopefully he can continue that for longer."

The Roar host Western Sydney at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

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