Captain's Column: Back-To-Back Champions

 

Back to back Champions. I’m lost for words. What an achievement by this amazing group of players and staff, a new page in Sydney FC history has been written and we’re all proud to be a part of it.

Sunday’s Grand Final was everything I hoped it would be. It was an entertaining affair, both sides put their best foot forward and everything was definitely left out on the pitch.

We didn’t start well, credit to Melbourne City they threw everything at us in those first 15 to 20 minutes, but we woke up once the goal was disallowed and from then on in I had this feeling we’d get it over the line.

Going into extra time I felt fine, and I was confident in the boy’s ability. We’d been here before, we knew what we had to do and I think there was only going to ever be one winner from here.

Rhyan’s goal was no fluke, we’ve worked on that pattern of play countless times in training, and it was fitting that it was Rhyan who bagged the winner. He’s had a fantastic season, and after a few hurdles early in his career he’s more than deserving of legend status at this club.

I’m proud of everyone’s efforts to get this season completed, many sacrifices were made by all teams in order to ensure we could finish season 2019/20, and I’m very thankful to all parties who made it happen.

Now it’s time for a bit of rest. I’m looking forward to spending some time with my family, putting my feet up an enjoying what Sydney has to offer in this beautiful Spring weather.

It won’t be all rest however, there’s plenty going on behind the scenes that needs to be sorted ahead of the new season, and my role as PFA President will see me working hard with that.

For now though, I’m enjoying the rest and relaxation while reflecting on all out achievements this season.

Like I said in my post-match interview though, I’m not done yet, I’ll be back next season and I can’t wait to go for the threepeat.

Until then, stay safe everyone.

Alex