History may beckon Brisbane but Roar veteran Matt McKay admits most clubs including themselves are jealous of their A-League grand final foes Wanderers.
According to Brisbane veteran Matt McKay, the Roar should be considered the nation’s top sporting franchise if they claim a third A-League title in four seasons on Sunday.
But that did not stop McKay from admitting most A-League clubs including themselves were jealous of their grand final opponent, Western Sydney Wanderers.
In their debut 2012-13 season, Western Sydney remarkably claimed the minor premiership before being downed 2-0 by Central Coast Mariners in the grand final.
But it’s the incredible fan support of the Wanderers’ “Red and Black Bloc” that has made rivals green with envy.
In an indication of the Wanderers’ support, about 10,000 red and black fans are expected to fill the 52,500 capacity Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
“It is special what they have done, what they have created down there,” McKay said.
“To win the Premiers Plate in your first year is huge.
“And they have developed and created a big fan base and a lot of clubs are jealous of that.
“We want to replicate the fan thing.”
Then again, the Wanderers would be forgiven for being jealous of Brisbane’s success.
Asked where Brisbane should be placed on the national sporting landscape if triumphant on Sunday, McKay said: “Hopefully right at the top.”
McKay said excellence was demanded from them after back-to-back titles under former coach Ange Postecoglou.
Especially in a city that is home to eight-time State of Origin reigning champions Queensland, six-time NRL premiers the Broncos, three-time AFL champs the Lions and 2011 Super Rugby title winners the Reds.
“We are in a city of winners,” McKay said.
“I was jealous when the Lions, Reds and Broncos were winning but we are now there or thereabouts.
“In nine years of A-League we put our time into the community, the schools and building our fan base.
“But you always needed on-field results and we have that now.”
Meanwhile, McKay said Albanian international Besart Berisha wanted to leave the club in a blaze of glory before linking with Melbourne Victory next season.
Berisha became the first A-League player to receive three red cards in a season but has still been influential, sinking the matchwinner against his future club in last week’s semi-final win over the Victory.
“Full credit to him, he has had a tough season,” McKay said of Berisha.
“Obviously with the scrutiny over where he was going plus the red cards – he has had to deal with a lot.
“To finish with a win would mean a lot to him, I know that.
“He will be missed here but he wants those titles.”
And young forward Dimitri Petratos (ankle) has been cleared to play for Brisbane after running freely at training on Friday.
Meanwhile, Brisbane’s former Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller underwent scans on his groin on Friday.
McKay played down the Irishman’s early departure from training on Friday and a Roar official described the scans as “precautionary”.