Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque lifts the FFA Cup. Picture: AAP
Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque lifts the FFA Cup. Picture: AAP

‘Greedy’ Brosque seeks FFA Cup refill

AS the clock ticks, so the appetite gets sharper. Already Alex Brosque can lay claim to a pair of A-League titles, three Premier's Plates and one FFA Cup, but the determination to add a second of the latter is stronger than ever.

At 35, the Sydney FC captain wants trophies and goals and is just Tuesday night's final against Adelaide United away from adding a second FFA Cup title.

But that won't sate his desire to achieve everything he can, not knowing from one campaign to the next whether there will be another.

Three FFA Cup goals and one in the A-League are a good start to his own self-imposed need to score more goals this season, adding to the 74 in Sydney's colours which makes him the third highest scorer for one club in the A-League's history.

Sydney's domination of the past two seasons has given Brosque the chance to build up team and personal honours, but there's always room for more.

"I'm hungry - particularly in the last few years, not knowing when you're time will be up," Brosque said. "With the team we have, I've realised what a special group we have. It's a squad that's achieved a lot in the past two seasons.

"It could be greedy to want more but I don't mind - it's become part of the club as well to expect to be challenging for titles and trophies every year. Thankfully I'm part of a team that's able to do that so for me it's about enjoying that.

Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque lifts the FFA Cup. Picture: AAP
Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque lifts the FFA Cup. Picture: AAP

"The personal records are nice things to look back on when I'm done. But last year wasn't too good in the goalscoring side of things.

"So this year, one of the key areas I wanted to work on was to chip in with a few more goals. Being upfront that's expected - to get one nice and early, in the derby too, was good, but now focus turns to the cup and if another goal gets us success then even better."

Brosque had in fact expected to spend much of the season as an impact player, but injuries to Trent Buhagiar, Danny De Silva and now Siem De Jong have given him a far heavier burden to carry.

"That's a good thing - the main thing coming out of preseason was just how strong we are going forward and how much depth we had," Brosque said.

"You've got a kid like Trent who but for injury could have been starting in round 1, you have Siem, De Silva - there's pressure every week to score goals."

Alex Brosque blasts a goal past the Wanderers. Picture: Getty
Alex Brosque blasts a goal past the Wanderers. Picture: Getty

There's pressure as well to continue winning things, a virtuous or vicious circle depending on your point of view where success is expected to beget more success.

"It's something the players expect - the club expects it, the fans expect it and as players, with what we've done over the last few years, we've come to expect it too," Brosque said.

"It's welcome pressure, good pressure, and we've been able to handle it. If anything we'll be relying on our past experiences to get us over the line."

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