Brisbane Roar midfielder Erik Paartalu will ignore any overseas interest until the end of the 2012-2013 A-League season in a bid to win three straight championships with the club.
Paartalu has suspended all talks until his Roar deal expires at the end of the season after a mooted stint for United Arab Emirates Pro-League club Baniyas fell through.
The Abu Dhabi club instead opted for Sydney FC star Nick Carle on a one-year loan deal.
Stalled talks with Brisbane sparked rumours Paartalu was looking at an overseas move, with three Asian clubs believed to have shown interest since he joined Roar in 2010.
But Paartalu's agent David O'Keefe said his charge's focus was solely on extending the Roar's A-League dominance after being distracted by the possible UAE move.
"Although on-going contract negotiations with Brisbane have been a little frustrating at times, we have conducted discussions in good faith throughout," O'Keefe said in a statement.
"Whilst every young footballer wants to maximise their earning potential in what can be a brutally short playing career, our paramount consideration has been Erik's strong sense of loyalty to Brisbane Roar FC and his strong desire to see out his three year contract with the club.
"With UAE club Baniyas SC today confirming they have signed Sydney FC star Nick Carle on loan, Erik has instructed me to suspend all further negotiations so that he can get on with the job of preparing for the new 2012-2013 A-League season and concentrate on helping propel the club to its third straight title."
Another factor in Paartalu's possible departure from the club that has made him a household name in the A-League was revelations star German midfielder Thomas Broich is being paid outside the salary cap.
A report in The Courier Mail revealed the extent of O'Keefe's frustration that his client couldn't secure a pay increase, despite extra money being available due to the nature of the Broich deal.
Paartalu meanwhile, said his focus was on Roar's Championship defence which starts with a showdown against 2011-2012 grand final opponent Perth Glory in Perth on 7 October.
"After careful consideration regarding my contract talks, I feel it is better for both parties that these negotiations take place at the end of the season so that I can focus 100 per cent on the task ahead and have no further distractions during the all important pre-season build up," Paartalu said.
"I am looking forward to the year ahead with renewed vigour."
Roar has finalised its squad for next season by signing Japanese youth international Yuji Takahashi - a 19-year-old defender - on a one-season loan deal.
Goalkeeper Mat Ryan, defender Pedj Bojic and midfielder Oliver Bozanic look to have played their last games for Central Coast Mariners as the A-League champion faces a raft of departures.