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McKay wants Roar teammates to re-sign

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016 Vince Rugari

Brisbane Roar captain Matt McKay is hopeful his off-contract teammates, including star striker Jamie Maclaren, will follow his example and re-sign with the A-League club.

The 33-year-old has penned a one-season extension with the Roar, keeping him at his hometown club until at least the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

McKay is currently one of Brisbane's marquee players, along with Thomas Broich, but the new deal will see him come under the salary cap when Tommy Oar and Brett Holman are elevated to marquee status next season.

"I had probably a 15-minute discussion with them, and then it was 30 seconds about a price, and we agreed, and it was done," McKay said on Tuesday.

"I'm delighted to be staying, it's a great club, I've enjoyed my time here and the happier you are, the better you play."

McKay's signature is vital for the Roar but there are still close to a dozen players coming off contract at the end of the season, including Maclaren, Broich, defender Luke DeVere, midfielder Thomas Kristensen, playmaker Dimi Petratos and goalkeeper Michael Theo.

With the club's two marquee spots already allocated, keeping them all at the club is highly unlikely - particularly given Maclaren's stand-off with Brisbane management over what his agent recently described as a "disgusting" first renewal offer.

"A few of the boys will (leave) but that's the nature of football, people will come and go," McKay admitted.

"But hopefully we can keep the core guys together because it's a great group, they're all good players, really talented and I want to see them develop.

"Hopefully this spurs on a few more boys to sign up."

McKay, the club's games record holder on 205 caps, believes he still has plenty of football left in him.

"I wouldn't say this is my last contract, but you never know. 18 months is a long time," he said.

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