Another trophy now in McKay's sights
Silverware is still firmly in Socceroos midfielder Matt McKay's sights despite Australia missing out on the Asian Cup trophy.
But it remains to be seen whether McKay will hang around after Brisbane Roar's expected sweep of the A-League bounty on offer this season.
The Roar captain's return to Australia could not have been better timed as Brisbane look to clinch the Premier's Plate as early as Saturday night.
And only a brave soul would rule out the runaway ladder leaders taking out a maiden championship final.
But McKay - hot property after his Asian Cup heroics - could not rule out leaving his beloved Roar at the end of a record-breaking season despite more spoils on the horizon.
Roar coach Ange Postecoglou had been confident that the promise of Asian Champions League football next season and another finals tilt would help retain McKay if overseas clubs came knocking.
However, McKay, 28, offered no guarantees when he arrived back from Qatar on Tuesday after Australia's heartbreaking 1-0 extra-time loss to Japan.
Asked if he would stay in Brisbane, McKay said: "Definitely this season.
"The Roar are going places and I want to be a part of that, but if the offers were to come in that is out of my hands.
"The club can deal with it then. But I am really excited about the rest of the season."
Still Postecoglou was keeping his fingers crossed.
"He knows the next few years are going to be pretty significant for Brisbane - he won't walk away from that too lightly," Postecoglou told AAP on Tuesday.
"But at the end of the day we want him to be the best that he can be.
"If he does that then we will be happy no matter the outcome."
McKay was a revelation in Qatar, earning a starting spot from an initially sceptical Holger Osieck before earning man-of-the-match honours in their 6-0 semi-final romp over Uzbekistan.
"He (Osieck) said he wasn't sure of me at first (with) trying me in such big games but he later told me that I had proven myself and he was happy with my form," McKay said.
"I am very happy with how the tournament progressed, just disappointed with the final result - to just miss out was a bit depressing.
"It makes me work very hard the next month to get a home final and win the thing (for Brisbane)."
His A-League return is expected to inject a spring in the step of an already unstoppable Roar.
Despite his absence, Brisbane have set a new record for the longest unbeaten streak in Australian domestic soccer - 23 matches.
And they can seal the minor premiership against dead last North Queensland Fury in Townsville on Saturday night.
"He will give us a bit of extra energy," Postecoglou said of McKay.
"He comes back from a successful tournament and it doesn't surprise me.
"He has taken his game to another level but I still think there is more in him.
"He's just getting to the age where his game can peak."