Roar A-League skipper McKay to retire

Brisbane Roar stalwart and Asian Cup-winning midfielder Matt McKay will retire this month after an 18-year professional career.

McKay, 36, best known for his on-field leadership and tucked-in shirt, is ending a stellar career for both club and country.

Other players will retire with more accolades, but McKay can say he led one of the greatest Australian club sides of all time.

Under coach Ange Postecoglou, McKay captained the Roar to the club's first title in 2010/11, finishing the season on a 28-game unbeaten streak.

In that season, he was named PFA Player of the Year.

His teammates would lengthen that run to an Australian-record 36 matches as he pursued an overseas career, but McKay returned to help Brisbane win another double in 2013/14 under Mike Mulvey.

He's continued on at the Roar through the club's downturn in fortunes, deciding against playing on next year.

"I'm grateful for everything football has given me," McKay said.

"I've had an enjoyable career with plenty of highs and lows, but I've always had a smile on my face and that's what's made it for me."

McKay also enjoyed success in the Socceroos set-up, most notably under his former club boss Postecoglou.

He travelled to Brazil as part of Australia's 2014 World Cup team and helped the Socceroos win a first major trophy - the Asian Cup - in 2015.

"When Ange come in he changed everything for me personally, my family and for Brisbane Roar as well," McKay said.

"Over the 14 seasons I've played with some incredible players."

McKay is Brisbane's record appearance-maker, a two-time best and fairest winner and longest serving captain.

No A-League outfielder has started more games than McKay, though Melbourne Victory's Leigh Broxham has more appearances.

McKay has two matches to finish his career, both on home soil.

The Roar face Newcastle on Saturday and then Adelaide United on Anzac Day, with tributes planned for the foundation A-League player.

A future in the game isn't likely for McKay, who has business interests in different fields, including one in baby playmats with wife Amanda.

"Even though I'm sad to be leaving the game, I'm really comfortable," he said.