CHAMPION: Bundaberg's Clint Bolton (left) in acton for Sydney FC offers advice to Josh Brillante before the finals.
CHAMPION: Bundaberg's Clint Bolton (left) in acton for Sydney FC offers advice to Josh Brillante before the finals. PAUL MILLER

Embrace the finals series

FOOTBALL: "I hope he (Brillante) enjoys the fact they are in the finals.”

Former Socceroo and Bundaberg's Clint Bolton knows exactly how Josh Brillante would be feeling as he prepares for his first finals series for Sydney FC against Perth Glory tonight at 7.50pm.

Bolton is a four-time champion in the NSL and the A-League, achieving everything in the game.

The Brothers Aston Villa junior was also part of the last Sydney FC squad that won the A-League champions and premier double, something the current side is aiming for.

"You have to enjoy the process of the week,” Bolton told the NewsMail about what Brillante should do.

"It's something I learned personally from Frank Farina when I won with the Brisbane Strikers in the NSL.

"Take in the fan interaction and try not to worry about the big one.”

Bolton also praised the current Sydney FC side.

"What they've done this year hasn't been done before,” he said.

"It's by far the best Sydney A-League side I've seen.”

But Bolton said they needed to win the whole competition to make sure of their legacy. "The pressure is on them for sure,” he said.

"If they don't win their season won't have been as good as what it should have been without that, full stop.”

The 180-game A-League player said Brillante had been a major part of their side.

"He's been a large part of their success,” he said.

"Inside Sydney FC Graham Arnold really regards the work he does.

"It's no surprise their defence has been that good.”

On the personal front Bolton still lives in Melbourne after retiring with A-League side the Heart in 2013.

He is currently involved in the media with SBS and ABC radio and still has fond memories of the region.

"Unfortunately everyone has moved on and from memory I visited there in the early 2000s,” he said.

"I look back to playing for Alloway and then Villa and that feels like a another lifetime ago.

"But Bundaberg made me into a pro footballer.”



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