Corica hints at one more year for Brosque


Sydney FC coach Steve Corica admits he might try to convince veteran Alex Brosque to play yet another season after watching him score his first A-League hat-trick.

After 226 leagues games stretching over 18 years, the 35-year-old found the net three times in Sydney FC's 5-2 demolition of a 10-man Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.

And the Sydney FC skipper did it in style.

His first was with an exquisite back-heel off a whizzing low cross; his second was a volley off a header that was initially saved; and his third, a daring chip over the goalkeeper.

"Unbelievable, mate," Corica said of Brosque's performance.

"Someone was saying it's his first hat-trick. I'm not sure about that, but he was excellent tonight. Took his goals very well.

"Especially the last one - I thought he was superb. To chip the keeper like that was very good."

The treble takes Brosque's tally of six so far past last year's total of four, and on track to surpass his career-best 11 from their championship campaign of 2016-2017.

Not bad for a striker that had contemplated retirement after last season and that Corica had pencilled in to come off the bench for him this season.

"Lucky he didn't (retire). When I spoke to him and I knew I had the job, we really wanted to use him off the bench," Corica said.

"But with Trent (Buhagiar) getting injured, and we haven't replaced him yet with another striker, he seems to have taken all the brunt up front with Adam (Le Fondre).

"He's doing a great job and I'm very pleased for him that he's obviously stayed on for another year, maybe convince him to stay one more year off the bench next year."

Source AAP