Erik Paartalu puts future plans on hold to concentrate on football at Brisbane Roar FC
28 August, Sydney, NSW: Brisbane Roar midfielder Erik Paartalu wants to focus on his football following the suspension of contract negotiations with Brisbane Roar FC until the end of the coming Hyundai A-League season.
Paartalu, who has made 69 consecutive appearances for the Roar since joining the club in 2010 (scoring 9 goals), and who has been instrumental in the clubs recent success under former mentor Ange Postecoglou says that football and his development as a player must always come first.
Paartalu’s defining moment at the Roar came in the 2010/11 A-League Grand Final, when he scored the equaliser in the 120th minute and then topped that off by scoring a decisive penalty to ensure a Brisbane Roar victory. Paartalu was also awarded the ‘A-League Solo Goal of the Year’ for the 2010-11 season. His International career has also taken off earlier this year when he was selected for the ‘Qantas Socceroos’ in a FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia earlier this year in Melbourne.
Paartalu’s agent David O’Keefe from Football Focus International, said, "Although on-going contract negotiations with Brisbane have been a little frustrating at times, we have conducted discussions in good faith throughout. Whilst every young footballer wants to maximise their earning potential in what can be a brutally short playing career, our paramount consideration has been Erik’s strong sense of loyalty to Brisbane Roar FC and his strong desire to see out his 3 year contract with the club.”
“With UAE club Baniyas SC today confirming they have signed Sydney FC star Nick Carle on loan, Erik has instructed me to suspend all further negotiations so that he can get on with the job of preparing for the new 2012-2013 Hyundai A-League season and concentrate on helping propel the club to its third straight title.”
Erik Paartalu concluded,” After careful consideration regarding my contract talks, I feel it is better for both parties that these negotiations take place at the end of the season so that I can focus 100% on the task ahead and have no further distractions during the all important pre-season build up. I am looking forward to the year ahead with renewed vigour and I for one cannot wait for the first game of the season against last years grand final opponents Perth Glory!”