Brisbane Roar captain Matt McKay.
Brisbane Roar captain Matt McKay. DAN PELED

'Hopefully this spurs on a few more boys to sign up'

FOOTBALL: Brisbane Roar captain Matt McKay is hoping signing a new deal will encourage other out-of-contract players at the club to do the same thing.

The 33-year-old was one of a number of players, including star striker Jamie Maclaren, who had not committed to the club.

Maclaren has been in contract talks with Roar chiefs but that has stalled, with the striker's agent calling the initial offer to his player "disgusting”.

McKay revealed he had agreed to a one-year contract extension, keeping him at his hometown club until at least the end of the 2017-18 season.

The Socceroos midfielder said it was "very easy” to agree to re-signing and urged his teammates to follow suit.

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

"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 also took time out to stand up for under-fire teammate Jade North following his much-publicised diving incident involving Melbourne City's Bruno Fornaroli.

North was forced to apologised for what he called "a moment of madness” when he went down after Fornaroli brushed the side of his face lightly with his hand.

McKay said North had done wrong but said he had some sympathy for his teammate.

"I feel for Jade a bit to be honest,” he said.

"He's apologised to our playing group, coaching staff and fans, which is great.

"We don't want that (simulation).

"But knowing Jade, it's not in him. He's a great guy and an exceptional player. We need him this season and we back him all the way.”

McKay said the incident probably had been "blown out of proportion a bit” and said he was happy with how North had dealt with the aftermath.

"It was a running battle all day between the two of them and Jado got wound up a bit,” he said.

"I think his explanation was fine.”

The Roar take on Adelaide United on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium and McKay said it would be good to catch up with former teammate Henrique, who scored two goals for the Reds in their first win of the season - a 2-0 success over the Wellington Phoenix - last weekend.

"It will be great to see the Slippery Fish back,” he said.

"He's a Brisbane Roar legend and scored some great goals on the weekend. He looked a bit underdone the week before, so I was hoping he would be a bit tired for us.

"But it will be great to see him back at Suncorp. I am sure the fans will appreciate seeing him back but we need to concentrate on ourselves.

"We need to get away from these draws and Sunday will be the first chance to do that.”

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