The Brisbane Roar is training hard at home,while their captain prepares for an international against Paraguay.

The Roar is steadily clawing its way to the top of the A-League.

Zoe Knobel reports.

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Brisbane is currently sitting second on the ladder, behind Adelaide United.

There’s no rest for the young team with three challenging matches in eight days starting in a week.

Wet conditions haven’t dampened the team’s training spirit, despite having a game-free weekend. The break has allowed captain Matt McKay to appear in tomorrow’s friendly against Paraguay in Sydney.

McKay was selected to join the Socceroos team alongside Harry Kewell, Josh Kennedy and Australian Player of the Year, goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, named overnight.

Foundation Roar player, Massimo Murdocca, has been playing alongside McKay since 2005.

Massimo Murdocca, Brisbane Roar Midfielder: “It’s a massive boost for the club, and for us as players, that players from the A-League can make the Socceroos. I think it’s great to see him there.”

The club is calling on Brisbane-ites to show their support at home-games this season, with a special invitation for young fans to attend next Saturday’s match against the Newcastle Jets.

Massimo Murdocca, Brisbane Roar Midfielder: “With kids under fifteen being free to come to the stadium, I think we’ll start getting big crowds.”

Murdocca is pleased to be playing up to sixty minute games without pain, saying he’s nearly back to full form after last year’s leg injury.

Zoe Knobel, QUT News.