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In-form Borrello happy to stay put

  • In-form Borrello happy to stay put

In-form Brisbane Roar forward Brandon Borrello says he's in no rush to leave the club or the A-League despite having yet to sign a senior contract.

The 20-year-old leads the A-League's scoring charts with four goals after four rounds but is tied to a full-time youth contract, which he signed before the 2014-15 season.

That has left the Roar open to a possible raid on Borrello, who is certain to attract interest from rival clubs both at home and overseas.

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However, Borrello said on Monday he was happy to stay put in a team he felt had helped his rapid development as a player.

"Irrespective of contract, I'm happy here, I'm comfortable, I love it in Brisbane and I'm enjoying my football," Borrello said.

"That's all I can ask for.

"(A contract extension) is going to happen in due time. We've been talking, it's not a big issue."

Borrello made his senior debut two years ago but made his name in the A-League last season, scoring 10 goals in 28 games across all competitions.

He also appears to have made a pre-emptive strike against the so-called 'second season blues', having bagged his second brace in the space of a month against Adelaide on Saturday night to confirm his status as one of the A-League's breakout stars.

"It was definitely pivotal to carry on the run that I had towards the end of last season," Borrello said.

"I felt I needed to pick up a bit of slack, it's good for me to get my confidence up so early in the season. It's a credit to the team, we've worked so hard."

Borrello has quickly formed an eye-catching attacking combination with Roar recruit Jamie Maclaren, who has three goals to his name.

Their skill, pace and understanding has transformed Brisbane's approach in attack this season, while also looming as a potential Olyroos partnership for under-23s coach Aurelio Vidmar, who is plotting Australia's qualification path for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"We're a younger combination up in that front third but we've got that understanding. It's definitely showing that we can score goals together," Borrello said.

"With the Young Socceroos failing to make the World Cup I was a bit disappointed. If I can get in amongst this Olyroos squad, that would be great for me."

Brisbane take on ladder leaders Sydney FC on Friday night.

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