Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri says he's never been a numbers man but that reaching 100 A-League games is special given he thought his career was over three years ago.
The 34-year Socceroos midfielder developed a brain-related inflammation in November 2015 and sat out the remainder of that season.
Returning to win a second A-League title and with Victory well-positioned for another as they host Wellington Phoenix on Friday night, Valeri says being able to reach the milestone is a memory he will treasure.
"To be honest personal numbers has never been a thing of mine," he said.
"The only numbers I care about are points at the end of the season and the family budget but to play my 100th game at Melbourne Victory would be very special to me."
Returning to Australia in 2014 after a decade in Europe and taking over the captaincy a year later, Valeri said Victory stood by him during the long illness, which gave him vertigo-like symptoms and left him unable to train.
"The club is very important to me and not just because of the success we've had ... when things weren't going so well for me personally the club really held my hand and was by my side at a tough time," he said.
"I was tipped not to come back and my neurologist to this day says he doesn't know how I'm playing."
Valeri looked set to retire after Victory's title last season - his second with the club - but decided to go around for a fifth campaign.
Despite his good health and form, he's not sure if that will stretch to a sixth.
"I can only judge myself on how well the team's going and the team's going well and we're getting results," he said.
"You get to a certain point where the next contract isn't important and I'm just focusing on the next game and next training session.
"I know the relationship that I have with this club, and what we've been through together, that when it's time we'll be honest with each other and be able to have that conversation just like friends."