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Moore: Roar confident of retaining squad



High-flying Brisbane Roar will be looking to lock in their out of contract stars and maintain a sense of business as usual among the players ahead of the January transfer window.

The Roar were linked this week with reports that 12 members of their first team were coming off-contract, however Football Operations Manager Craig Moore is adamant there will be no mass exodus from Suncorp.

?We?re no different to a lot of clubs,? Moore said. ?We?re in a position where we have several players coming off contract.

?We?re busy in the process of sitting down with all the players and running through the situation of where we see them and moving forward as a football club.

?With the salary cap, what I?ve learnt very quickly, it it?s very competitive. You?ve got a certain amount and you?ve got to keep a certain group of players happy and you?ve also got to work within the salary cap restrictions.?

However despite the amount of off-contract personnel, Moore doesn?t believe the club will undergo a huge turnover during the summer.

?With the January transfer window sometimes you have the ability to move and sometimes you don?t,? he said.

?Now we?re not really in the position of looking to bring somebody into the club for the January transfer window but you can never

Donachie contract blunder

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Brisbane Roar could lose Olyroos defender James Donachie after previous administration contract cock-up

BRISBANE Roar defender James Donachie was on Wednesday contemplating his future after a contract cock-up by the club?s previous administration left the three-time A-League champions vulnerable to losing the Olyroos defender at season?s end on a free transfer.

Under the guidance of then bosses Sean Dobson (managing director) and Ken Stead (football director), the Roar announced in November 2013 that Donachie had signed a contract extension taking him through to the end of the 2016-17 season.

But a failure to properly check documentation led to a contract expiry date of May 2016 being lodged with FFA despite the paperwork containing financial terms through to 2017.

As a result, and much to the shock of the Roar?s current football department, Donachie?s name appeared on an official list recently sent out to all clubs of players entering the final six months of their contract.

Not surprisingly, at least one rival club has already approached Roar football operations manager Craig Moore about negotiating with the centre-back, who despite his undoubted talent is currently stuck o
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