Captain's Column: We'll Come Back Stronger!

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Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping safe and well and ensuring you and your family get through this difficult period in good spirits together.

As Sydney FC captain, I can tell you that we are desperate to get back on the pitch as soon as possible and finish the season in the right way.

Unfortunately we are having to wait to do that.  I think we knew the postponement was coming once the AFL and NRL had to suspend their seasons, and we all agree it’s the right decision to keep ourselves, our family and everyone safe until this is over.

For me the current climate does bring about overwhelming feelings of uncertainty and anxiousness, as I’m sure it does for many people. 

For us as footballers there is also not knowing where the game is going to land once the virus is over, but we must press on and like everyone believe we will come back stronger from the experience.

After we were told of the postponement on Tuesday most of the boys stayed around and we had a short and fun small-sided session which included coaching and support staff.  After that we had lunch and headed off to our own families.

For me that is my wife and two young children and spending time with them.  My wife is still working part time and does three days a week, so I’ve been at home with my 7 year old son doing home schooling. We’ve also been looking after my 3 year old daughter who has been running rings around us while we’ve been trying to work!

It’s a little different to what we are used to, but it looks like we will need to get used to it for the next period.

As for the boys, all the players are still in touch and we’ve got the group chats going so there are always funny things going on in there.  But mainly I think the guys are just laying low and having time with families for the next few days, social distancing and going even further than that, like the government have told us to do.

After that we will wait for guidance from the A-League and the club on what we can do.

That’s it for now from me, I’ll be in touch again next week but until then I encourage everyone to stay indoors and be safe and healthy and continue to support us from a far.

Alex Wilkinson