Corica Bows Out On Top

Sydney FC has been dealt a massive blow on the eve of the 2009/10 Hyundai A-League finals series with inspirational captain Steve Corica ruled out for the entire campaign with a major hamstring injury.


Sydney FC has been dealt a massive blow on the eve of the 2009/10 Hyundai A-League finals series with inspirational captain Steve Corica ruled out for the entire campaign with a major hamstring injury.

The heartbreaking diagnosis ends his illustrious career after he announced last week he would retire at the end of the season.

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Corica suffered a ruptured hamstring tendon in his right leg early in Sunday-s memorable 2-0 win over the Melbourne Victory. He will undergo surgery in Sydney on Friday.

“It is a lot harder today than when I announced I was retiring last week,” Corica said. “I knew when I had that press conference that I had a few games left and not just 10 minutes.”

“I would rather lead by example on the field but I will do my best around the hotel room and in the change rooms for the boys.

“It is sad that I won-t be playing. At the end of the day it is important for the boys to focus on game.

“It is not to be. I am disappointed. Sunday night was a nice way to go out though.

A Sky Blues legend, Corica has played 106 A-League games for Sydney FC and is the clubs greatest ever goal scorer with 23 goals, including the match winning strike that handed the Sky Blues the inaugural A-League title in 2005/06.

Corica will remain at Sydney FC to take up a coaching role with the club from next season.

“It was quite painful when it happened. There was s small problem there for a few weeks. I think it gradually built up. It snapped off the bone,” Corica said.

“I will be there for the boys. Even though I won-t be playing I still want to give my support to them and wish them all the best.

“I knew when I went back out there it wasn-t right. I was struggling to run. I tried a few sharp steps. That was very painful. I knew it was the end of the game for me then.

“I have had a very good career and I am pleased with what I have done.”

Corica will travel with the team when it leaves Sydney tomorrow morning in preparation for Thursday night-s Major Semi Final first leg against the Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium.