Striker Adam Le Fondre will wear the Sky Blues legendary number 14 jersey next season, taking on the shirt last worn by Sydney FC’s record goalscorer and appearance maker, Alex Brosque.
Alfie, who is currently serving 14 days quarantine with his family in Sydney, takes the number which has not been worn since the retirement of Brosque after the 2019 A-League Championship win in Perth.
“Football is all about legacy, that’s what Brosquey left and what I want to continue,” he said.
“I didn’t want a number which meant nothing and wearing the number 14 shirt will be an honour.
“To follow in the footsteps of a man who is a legend of the club is a privilege.”
Le Fondre has scored 49 times in all competitions and is aiming to go past Brosque’s club record of 83 goals in the next two seasons.
“I’m chasing Brosquey’s record, for sure and it would be fitting if I can go past it wearing his shirt,” Alfie continued.
“I need 35 more in all competitions in the next two seasons to achieve it. It will be tough but it’s definitely achievable.”
Brosque wore the jersey between 2006 and 2011 and in a second spell from 2014 to 2019.
The A-League’s most successful Captain made 267 appearances in the shirt and is delighted Le Fondre is taking it on.
“He sent me a text to ask if I minded, and I said I’d love for him to wear that number,” Brosque explained.
“Obviously I spent a number of years wearing it and the number has become synonymous with me, but I don’t see it as only my number.
“If Alfie was to go on and break the Sydney FC goalscoring record it would be nice to see him do it in the number 14 shirt.”
Le Fondre arrived in Sydney on Saturday evening and is set to leave quarantine next Sunday morning before returning to training.