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Alex Brosque aims for perfect AL farewell

By AAP Newswire

He's regarded as Mr Sydney FC and the heartbeat of the Sky Blues, and his teammates are determined to to send their captain Alex Brosque out a winner this weekend.

The revered 35-year-old striker has played in three of Sydney's four previous A-League grand finals, winning two of them heading into Sunday's season decider against Perth at Optus Stadium.

Brosque has made more appearances, scored more goals and won more honours than anyone in the club's history, as well as being their most successful captain.

Mere statistics don't fully convey the influence he has had on the club, where he's admired for his leadership.

"Alex Brosque is unquestionably Sydney FC's greatest ever player," Sydney chairman Scott Barlow said.

Ever since Brosque announced on April 15 that he would retire at the end of the season, Sydney have talked about and been motivated by a desire to make sure their skipper gets a fairytale ending.

"My message will be to send him out a winner," said Sydney coach Steve Corica.

"He deserves it, a great leader, he's done everything for the club and we owe it to him to send him out on a good note."

Brosque engenders similar feelings among his teammates.

"Obviously it's well documented, what he's done for this club. The record appearance holder, record goalscorer and Mr Sydney really," centre-back Alex Wllkinson said.

"For him to still be involved into the last week of the season in his last year is a dream come true and a win would be the perfect send-off."

Brosque's influence on his side shows no signs of diminishing as he approaches the close of a senior career that started back with Marconi in the old National Soccer League back in 2001.

Along the journey he earned 21 caps for the Socceroos and spent time at clubs in the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan plus the United Arab Emirates.

He played at Brisbane Roar in the inaugural season of the A-League and had two stints with Sydney FC.

He's the Sky Blues' second highest scorer this season despite starting just 17 of their 28 A-League games after being sidelined for four weeks with a heel injury.

"I don't think he should finish at the end of this season, but his mind's made up," said Sydney's leading goalscorer Adam Le Fondre.

"He's such a great leader for the club as well he's really the heartbeat of Sydney."

Corica also feels Brosque could play another season, but isn't pressuring him to change his mind.

"He knows his body well and that's his decision and we've go to respect that," he said.