Around the grounds: Brattan’s banter battle at Sydney FC

Sydney FC might be the reigning champions of the Hyundai A-League but there’s one area they need to lift their game, according to new recruit Luke Brattan.

Three-time Hyundai A-League championship-winner Brattan inked a one-year deal with the Sky Blues last month after leaving Melbourne City.

He’s seen as a key acquisition for Steve Corica’s side as a direct replacement for City-bound Josh Brillante.

But it seems not everything has gone to plan since Brattan’s arrival in the Harbour City.

Asked the most challenging part of joining the Sky Blues, Brattan told Sydney FC’s official website: “It’s dealing with the boys’ banter.

“I’m used to a decent standard of banter and coming here it’s a little bit lower but I’ll bring that up.”

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Brattan’s main focus is starting to get things right on the pitch and he should get some minutes in Wednesday night’s friendly clash against NSW NPL champions Wollongong Wolves.

The clash, to be played at WIN Stadium in Wollongong, kicks off at 7pm.

Roar history maker eyeing Hyundai A-League role

There was plenty of reasons to celebrate Brisbane Roar’s first win in the FFA Cup since 2014 last week, not just the upset of reigning Hyundai A-League champions Sydney FC.

Playing the full 90 minutes that night was defender Jordan Courtney-Perkins, who became the club’s youngest-ever player aged just 16 years, 276 days.

A product of the club’s academy, Courtney-Perkins played the full 90 minutes for Robbie Fowler’s side as one of nine new faces to take part in the memorable victory.

“It was a really good experience and a good opportunity for me, I was lucky enough to go out there surrounded by a lot of experienced players,” Courtney-Perkins said on Roar’s official website.

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“I felt comfortable throughout the whole game, they helped me through it which was really good.

“I’m just looking to get more senior football, being in and around the first team environment and just constantly improving.

“Obviously playing [Hyundai] A-League is a huge goal and then helping the team however I can really, I’m just focusing on that.”

Jordan Courtney-Perkins became Roar's youngest-ever player in the 2-0 win over Sydney FC