DeVere will keep emotions under control
Korean-bound Brisbane defender Luke DeVere says he'll shut out the emotion of playing his last game for the Roar against Wellington at Skilled Park on Wednesday night.
While the strikers and midfielders bask in the glory of Brisbane's stunning A-League season, DeVere's dependability at the back has been a key to the club going a near-record 21 games straight without defeat.
The 21-year-old Victorian will pack his bag after Wednesday night's game, wish his team-mates good luck for the remainder of the season and head off to Korea to take up a three-year deal which only surfaced this month, the details of which he declined to reveal.
While he's hoping to leave on a winning note, he won't allow the occasion to change the way he plays.
"You like to go out on a good note but if I go into the game with a different attitude to the one I've had all year, that's when you get yourself into trouble.
"I can't go in thinking this is my last game or let the emotion of it get to me."
Brisbane can equal Australian soccer's best ever unbeaten streak of 22 games set by Apia-Leichhardt in 1986-87 against the Phoenix on Wednesday and claim a slice of history three nights later against Melbourne Heart.
Two wins would also wrap up the Premiers Plate for the Roar.
DeVere said leaving Brisbane so close to the finals was tough but Korea offered him a great opportunity to develop as a world-class player.
"It was a big decision and a hard decision to make," he said.
"I've felt privileged to be part of the team this season and I'm confident they'll go on and finish the job and prove themselves to be one of the best teams the A-League has seen.
"But in my opinion and the opinion of people I've spoken to the Korean League is a better standard than the A-League at the moment.
"In terms of my development as a footballer playing against those quicker players week in and week out and those sharper players I'm not used to can only benefit me and my game and help me take the next step to further my career and potentially representing the Socceroos."
Postecoglou is expected to recall attacking right back Ivan Franjic to cover for the suspended Milan Susak.
Livewire Brazilian Henrique is pushing for a bench spot returning from injury against the Phoenix, who scored four unanswered goals against Perth Glory last start.
"They're in a big fight for the finals," noted Postecoglou.
"They played well on the weekend against Perth and they've got a bit of confidence, scored a few goals. It will be tough."