John Aloisi is hopeful coaching aspirant Thomas Broich will remain with Brisbane Roar in some capacity, if the German decides to retire at the end of the A-League season.
The 36-year-old German is off-contract at the end of this campaign and is understood to be contemplating retirement, with Aloisi admitting he was now a day-to-day proposition because of an ongoing ankle issue.
Aloisi said he doesn't know if Broich will hang up his boots yet but was hopeful the Roar would find a role for him if he does.
"There's not often you get a foreigner who can really adapt to our league and stay here for a long period and dominate as much as Thomas has," Aloisi said.
"You don't want to lose that.
"His football brain is one of the best we've had in the A-League. You want to see if he can pass on that knowledge."
Broich, a dual Johnny Warren Medal winner, has sketched out his post-career plans, revealing in the pre-season he was keen to take a "gap year" to travel around Australia before most likely sinking his teeth in to coaching.
Aloisi also revealed that Broich was applying for Australian citizenship.
"He has talked about having a year off completely once he does retire and travel the world, so they're discussions we'll have at the end of the season," Aloisi said.
"Definitely with our academy that's starting up soon there will be roles for ex-players, whether they want to do coaching or something else within that.
"You hope they end up finding their niche and then we can help them with their future.
"That's what we really want for our players, especially the ones who've been here long-term, that they've got a pathway as well."
Broich is expected to start in his usual left-wing position for the Roar in Sunday's A-League clash with Central Coast at Suncorp Stadium.