With game 201 fast approaching next Monday night, midfielder Luke Brattan is already looking forward to another century as we welcome the Wellington Phoenix to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (kick off 7pm AEDT).
The Sky Blue star notched his 200th appearance in the A-League with Saturday night’s win over Macarthur, and he said there’s no signs of slowing down as he reflected on his time in the competition to date.
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“If I can get to 300 games I’ll be happy,” Brattan said.
“It’s a proud moment to reach 200 games. It crept up on me but it’s a great honour.
“Some people don’t have very long professional career so 200 games is a proud moment and hopefully there’s more to come.
“There’s a few derbies that stick out as memorable. Last year’s ones weren’t great but some of those Melbourne Derbies are special and are up there with the Finals wins as pretty incredible games.
“The league has also changed a lot in that time, not just football wise and quality wise but in terms of sports science as well. It’s come so far in that 10 or 11 years and is getting better and better.
“My time with Sydney FC has been great,” he continued.
“Last year being my first year, it was very successful, winning both the Premiership and Championship so that was a good start. Hopefully there’s many more to come.”
Reflecting on Sydney FC’s opening win of the competition over the Phoenix, Brattan revealed his long-range goal was no fluke.
“We practice it [long shots] every so often after training,” he said.
“We grab a few balls and hit some. I do it a little bit in training and the boys give me stick for not doing it on the weekend.
“There’s a fine line between a goal and row z, so it was good I finally got one. Hopefully more come soon.
“I can’t wait for Monday night,” he continued.
“It’s good we’re playing games weekly now. With COVID hopefully everything can still stay the same.
“With Wellington we’re going to have to play well to beat them and hopefully have a clean sheet as well.”
Sydney FC face the Wellington Phoenix in Monday night doubleheader at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (kick off 7pm AEDT). Get in early to watch the undefeated Sky Blues’ Westfield W-League stars do battle with Canberra United (kick off 4:30pm AEDT). 1 ticket, 2 games – book now!