Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey has called on his club’s fans to support the premiers in the final weeks of their successful season.
Brisbane drew only just over 10,000 a week after winning the premiership and return to Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night against old foes Central Coast Mariners.
“What I will say to our fans is we’ve got three games maximum left in this season then they won’t see us play again until October,” Mulvey said.
“Now is the time to come out tomorrow night. Perfect Saturday night, 7.45pm kick off, everybody should get down.”
Roar will come up against a Mariners side desperate for premium finals positioning in the regular season’s final round, though Mulvey honestly assessed his side’s preparation.
“This hasn’t been our best week of training, I’ll be completely honest, in terms of quality,” he said.
“There’s no complacency in this place, I can guarantee you that. It was just a lack of concentration.
“The focus is certainly there.”
Ivan Franjic will return to a full-strength starting eleven on Saturday and the versatile defender expects stiff opposition.
“Mariners have been a great team, a great rival, over the last few years for us,” Franjic said.
“We know they like to play counter-attacking football so it’s important we don’t turn the ball over in cheap areas because they’ve got great players to punish us.”
The Socceroo will settle back into his natural right-back position as he hopes to complete his first full game since 28 February.
“That’s up to the coach but I’ll put my hand up and I’m fit enough,” Franjic said of playing 90 minutes.
“Right-back is obviously where I’ve played over the last few years and I’m most comfortable so it’s good to be back there.”
Despite his return to fitness Franjic isn’t thinking about booking a spot to Brazil.
“The only thing I’ve got to worry about at the moment is winning an A-League final and then hopefully if Ange (Postecoglou) thinks I’m the right person to go to the World Cup he will pick me,” the Australia international said.
Mulvey, meanwhile, wouldn’t be drawn on any disappointment at not being named A-League All Stars coach.
The Brisbane boss might well lead his team to an A-League record premiership margin but was beaten in the fan vote by Adelaide United’s Josep Gombau.
“My focus is entirely on Brisbane Roar,” Mulvey said.
“I think Josep Gombau will do a great job, it’s a privilege for him, and good luck to him.”