Baby steps for Murdocca

Massimo Murdocca says he wants to be able to 'dominate' Brisbane Roar's games in the National Youth League (NYL) before making his long-awaited return to the Hyundai A-League.

Massimo Murdocca says he wants to be able to 'dominate' Brisbane Roar's games in the National Youth League (NYL) before making his long-awaited return to the Hyundai A-League.

The tireless midfielder returned from a broken leg to play the first half in the Roar's defeat to the Central Coast Mariners in the NYL on Saturday and is set for another run at Ballymore on Sunday.

The return could see Murdocca on track for a senior return as early as November 29 for the match against Wellington, but he admitted that could be slightly ambitious.

However, the 25-year-old said he had plenty of reasons to be positive after Saturday.

"It was good to get back out there after five months being out," he said.

"The first pass wasn't too good but in general the whole half went pretty well, knocking a few balls around and making a few runs."

"It's just going to take a bit of time now but I was pretty happy with the way I went."

"Hopefully next weekend I can play a good 60 minutes and try and build for a solid 90 minutes."

Murdocca will play no part in the Roar's home match against the Australian Institute of Sport in the NYL on Wednesday, but will continue to train with the first team ahead of the weekend's match.

Although he has been taking full part in the training sessions - including an intense hit-out in the heat on Monday morning - Murdocca admitted he needed plenty of match time to help him return to full fitness.

"A game is always a different story so the more games I can play I think the better it will be for me," he said.

"Obviously the pace (in the NYL) is a little bit slower so that's another thing I've got to take into consideration as well."

"If I'm not playing 90 minutes in the youth there's no way I'll be ready for the seniors so I really have to be dominating the youth before I can come back and play at least a half for the seniors."

However, with Brisbane ending a difficult run to claim four points in the past two outings, Murdocca said he was no longer anxious about rushing back into the squad.

"It just makes you put everything into perspective that there are another 11 players that can play and they can do the job," he said.

"The priority for me now is to make sure the leg is 100 percent before I come back - there's no point coming back too early."