Brisbane Roar Football Club Captain & games record holder Matt McKay has announced his retirement from professional football at the conclusion of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season.
McKay, who is in line for his 271st Hyundai A-League appearance for Brisbane Roar this Saturday night has called time on a stellar & decorated career.
“I’m grateful for everything football has given me. I’ve had an enjoyable career with plenty of highs and lows but I’ve always had a smile on my face and that’s what’s made it for me,” McKay said.
“Thank you to all the people who have supported me, my parents, my friends and of course my wife Amanda & our two boys. I’m very grateful for the sacrifices that have been made to help my career.
“I’ve always tried my hardest and I think that’s what has made my career last as long as it it has - I’ve always given my all.
“The thing I cherish is being able to play and work alongside some incredible people. I was there from Day 1 at the Roar & played with some immense players with a great work ethic, which has been really special."
A two-time Gary Wilkins Medal Winner, proud Queenslander McKay made his debut for the Roar in its first ever Hyundai A-League fixture on August 28, 2005.
The inspirational midfielder famously lifted the Roar’s first Hyundai A-League Championship as Club Captain in 2011 before being an integral part of the Roar’s Championship & Premiership winning season in 2013-14.
He currently sits fourth on the Club’s all-time goal scoring charts with 26 goals to his name.
Brisbane Roar CEO David Pourre paid tribute to the Club’s longest-serving player.
“On behalf of everyone involved in the Brisbane Roar, and the broader football family in Queensland who have been part of Matt’s journey, we would like to thank Matt for everything he has given to the Club,” Pourre said.
“Matt has been a terrific servant over his 12 seasons at Brisbane Roar & played a pivotal role in the many successes we have had over the years.”
“He’s an admired leader & a fierce competitor, he leaves behind a legacy unlike any other before him at Brisbane Roar.
“A champion club man and wonderful person, he will always be in the hearts and minds of the Brisbane Roar members and supporters.”