Heading into Sunday’s Grand Final, Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant re-affirmed the squad’s belief that they’ll have the edge over the Victory courtesy of Strength and Conditioning Coach Andrew Clark.
With many pundits predicting the match to extend beyond the 90 minutes, Grant believes that all the work Clark has put into the squad’s fitness will pay dividends should the match head into extra time at AAMI Park.
“We’ve had three draws with them so it could go that way [penalty shootout],” he said.
“I don’t think the players would want that. If that’s what it comes down to though I think the boys will be ready for it and make it very interesting.
“I’d like to say we would [have the edge],” he continued.
“I think Clarky is a freak at what he does and he’s been really good, especially with me getting me back to full fitness this season.
“We have full trust in him to make sure we’re ready to go and if we do go to extra time and then pens I’m sure we’ll have the legs to go the whole way.”
Grant will compete with Seb Ryall for a starting berth at right back and, while he may have to settle for a place on the bench, the 23 year old said he’ll still be pleased for his close friend Ryall as he predicted a tight encounter between the two sides in Melbourne.
“We’ve scored a lot of goals and they have too but I think being a Grand Final it’s going to be a bit reserved,” he said.
“But as the game goes on I think it’ll open up and then it’s just a matter of who can hold out the front four.
“Both teams have a really good front four and are dangerous so I think if we can hold them out and make the most of our chances we’ll have a good shot.
“Obviously everyone wants to play, especially in a big game,” he continued.
“It would be very good to play but if Seb gets the nod ahead of me then I’m happy for that. He’s obviously been there and done that and he’s had a great year too so no hard feelings.
“I’ll get stuck into him a little bit but that’s just friendly banter. We’re good mates and we can give and take it and I’m happy if he gets the shot, if I get the shot then happy days.”
Sydney FC take on Melbourne Victory in the Hyundai A-League 2015 Grand Final at AAMI Park on Sunday 17 May. Follow @SydneyFC on Twitter for live match coverage or catch the game on Fox Sports 4.
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