Jets-bound Petratos first to confirm departure from Roar
FOOTBALL: Brisbane Roar have been rocked by the news of Dimitri Petratos's defection to A-League rivals Newcastle Jets, as talks remain about the futures of Jamie Maclaren and Luke DeVere.
Petratos, who has been one of Roar's best performers this season, is set to sign for Newcastle Jets next season, according to The Australian.
The 24-year-old former Sydney FC attacker joined Roar in 2013, winning the Premiership and Championship with the club in his first season. But he is now set to return to New South Wales to strengthen the Jets - who are aiming to end a long-term Finals hoodoo.
That news will give Roar coach John Aloisi headaches, with fellow stars DeVere and Maclaren expected to leave the club in the off-season.
DeVere's impressive performances have seen him talked up for a Socceroos recall and linked with moves back to Asia, while Maclaren has been dropped to the bench in recent weeks as speculation of his future continues.
Maclaren has been linked with a marquee move to Western Sydney Wanderers while interest from Melbourne Victory remains.
But there has also been links with a lucrative move to China, with former Perth Glory teammate Michael Thwaite telling Fox Sports: "I've heard some rumours that Chinese and Asian [clubs] are looking at a player like him."
Brisbane's moves so far this season to tie down off-contract players has resulted in the re-signing of 34-year-old club captain Matt McKay and 33-year-old Danish import Thomas Kristensen.
Club legend Thomas Broich's contract is up at the end of the season, but he had delayed talks to allow Brisbane to focus on tying down their younger stars.
Tommy Oar, meanwhile, says there's no substance to rumours he will leave Brisbane Roar during the January transfer window and expects to see out the remainder of his contract with the A-League club.
Speculation has lingered for months that the winger would leave for either China or the Middle East, but no concrete offers have been forthcoming.
The 25-year-old is contracted to the Roar for another year and will become a marquee player next season as part of his back-ended deal.
Another foray into Europe is by no means out of the question - but until something comes up, the fringe Socceroo is happy to stay put in his home state. "I guess there's been a lot of rumours around," Oar said.
"For me, I haven't heard anything about any substance to those rumours. "My focus has been purely on here and performing well this season. "There's no real reason I can see that anything would change for me in the six months to a year.
"I really want to win something with the club this year and I think we have the quality to do that, so beyond that, I'm not looking any further."