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Brisbane Roar star Jamie Maclaren remains coy on Kaiserslautern links

Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello combined for one last stand as Brisbane Roar fell to a 3-2 defeat against Ulsan Hyundai.
Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello combined for one last stand as Brisbane Roar fell to a 3-2 defeat against Ulsan Hyundai.

Jamie Maclaren has confirmed he will leave Brisbane Roar and may even end up at the same club as departing teammate Brandon Borrello next season.

Maclaren and Borrello played their final match for the Roar in Wednesday night's 3-2 AFC Champions League defeat to Ulsan Hyundai. Maclaren netted a brace, with Borrello setting him up for both goals in the first half.

The pair are now set for moves to Europe but that does not necessarily spell the end for their attacking partnership, which has been among the most lethal in the A-League over the past two seasons.

Maclaren admitted he may sign for FC Kaiserslautern, the second division German outfit which is understood to have also recruited Borrello, as well as teenager Jake Brimmer from Liverpool.

"I'm not really going to say, it could be an option," Maclaren said. "But it's not my focus. I'm not just going to go to another club because Brandon's there.

"We do have a chemistry and it would help -- I've been overseas before so I know what it's like going over by yourself.

"Having that connection, he gave me two assists tonight so it shows on the pitch that we're just as close as we are off the field."

Maclaren indicated he would make his decision in the next week or so.

The 23-year-old said he was sad to be leaving Brisbane and hoped he would return to play for them again one day.

"I'm going to miss this place. I'm going to miss the boys, that's for sure," he said.

"It's been a fantastic two years. What a dressing room. Not many words to describe it.

"I've grown as a player but when you feel like you've reached a limit and you want to go that next step, I want to do that. "

Brisbane Roar duo Jamie Maclaren, left, and Brandon Borello, right, have become one of the most lethal partnerships in the A-League.
Youngsters Jamie Maclaren and Brandon Borrello formed one of the A-League's most potent strike forces.

Maclaren's two goals took his final tally for the Roar to 43 goals in 60 appearances in all competitions.

Borrello scored 20 goals in 89 games and was a first-team regular for the last three seasons.

"I've enjoyed playing at Brisbane Roar. It shows. It could be an end of an era and if that be (the case), the culture of the club never changes," Borrello said.

The Roar's veteran Danish import Thomas Kristensen said both players have the right qualities to carve out a career overseas but warned nothing would come easy for them.

"I can only say it's a different game in Europe. It's a lonely place," he said.

"But they have the right character, they had some good years in Brisbane that has toughened them and made them better players."


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