Silverware still in McKay's sights
Days after missing out on holding aloft the Asian Cup trophy, returning Socceroo Matt McKay still has silverware firmly in his sights.
The Brisbane Roar skipper was a revelation for Australia in their Asian Cup quest, which fell tragically short in the final against Japan in Qatar.
While still gutted by the 1-0 extra-time result, McKay has steeled himself for more heroics for the Roar as they look to clean up in the A-League.
The runaway ladder leaders are expected to seal the Premier's Plate with victory against minnows North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday night.
And few predict anyone denying them a maiden overall championship final win.
Either way, McKay has plenty to look forward despite the Asian Cup heartbreak.
"It was a disappointing loss but we were proud of our efforts," he said after returning to Brisbane on Tuesday morning.
"We were positive afterwards, conceding only two goals all tournament and topping our group and the way we won through to the final.
"But there was a bit of a hollow feeling amongst the players because we didn't win it - we felt we deserved to so it was a bit depressing.
"But it was a great tournament - it really put us back on the map."
It also put McKay firmly on Socceroos coach Holger Osieck's radar.
McKay comfortably took the step up from A-League to international football, standing out alongside his high-profile teammates.
He produced a man-of-the-match display in Australia's 6-0 semi-final drubbing of Uzbekistan.
"I said going over there I didn't want to go over there making up the numbers - I probably surpassed that," McKay said.
"It was a big step."
McKay said he watched with interest on the internet as the Roar set a new record for the longest unbeaten streak in Australian domestic soccer - 23 matches.
"I'm so proud of the boys and the fact that they have gone on that streak," he said.
"I look forward to this weekend.
"Coming back with an Asian Cup would have been great but an A-League title would mean a great deal to not only me, my team but also the Brisbane public.
"We have waited six years to get this far - we want to finish off the job."