All roads lead to Brisbane in 2014
ADELAIDE United says it will not allow midfielder Steven Lustica to move to the Brisbane Roar.
Lustica signed with the Reds for the 2013/14 A-League season after arriving from Croatian club Hajduk Split. He previously played with the Roar which recently made contact with Lustica about returning to the Queensland capital.
Adelaide released a statement yesterday saying the 22-year-old had agreed to a one-year extension earlier this month, before requesting a transfer to Brisbane.
"This situation is totally different to a transfer based matter where club and player alike benefit from a potential move," the statement said.
"The club will continue to seek to resolve the matter with the player and his agent."
While the Roar's attempt to secure Lustica is on hold, coach Mike Mulvey announced the club had regained 2011 A-League premiership and championship winner Jean Carlos Salorzano.
Mulvey said the Costa Rican striker has signed with the Roar until the end of the season.
"As a club, we were looking for a quality player to add depth to the squad after the departure of Kwame Yeboah," Mulvey said.
"We wanted to add a goal-scoring option off the bench, someone who is capable of scoring late goals."
Solorzano has been playing in Costa Rica and could be available for selection in Sunday's home match against Central Coast pending his international clearance.
One player who made the switch to Brisbane after last season and is thoroughly enjoying his time at the club is former Sydney FC forward Dimitri Petratos.
The 21-year-old has scored four goals from 14 games this season, including a memorable hat-trick against his old club on Boxing Day.
Petratos said he loved Mulvey's high-pressure game plan, something that had made signing a two-year extension earlier this month a no-brainer.
"It's great playing the way we do. We love to push the ball around and I get to play alongside some really great players," he said.
"I'm just really happy here. I'm enjoying my football and I wanted to stay so it was an easy decision."
As well as loving his new home base in the Sunshine State, Petratos feels as though he has matured under Mulvey.
That has been a key part of his development, after a dust-up with Sky Blues goalkeeping coach Zeljko Kalac led to Petratos being let go by the Sydney club in late 2012.
"I feel like I have worked really hard since I arrived in Brisbane and I've remained focused at training and listened to instructions from the coaching staff," he said.
"Mike gives me a lot of confidence. He keeps telling us to play smart, those one-twos, and combining in the final third with the other attackers and that's the way I like to play."