A-League Champions Sydney FC tonight confirmed local star Alex Wilkinson its eighth captain.
The 34-year old Socceroo, who played a key role in Australia’s recent Asian Cup triumph, succeeds Alex Brosque who retired following after the Sky Blues claimed the 2018/19 A-League Championship.
The Gladesville resident and forther North Ryde Soccer Club junior joins a prestigious lineup of club legends to wear the captain’s armband, which also includes Dwight Yorke, Steve Corica, Terry McFlynn, Alessandro Del Piero.
Wilkinson has been vice-captain for the last three seasons and says he’s honoured to take on the role.
“It’s a huge honour for myself to be captain of Sydney FC who are in my opinion the biggest club in the Hyundai A-League,” Wilkinson said.
“I was born and bred in Sydney and spent all my junior years here growing up playing football, so to be able to captain Sydney FC is a huge honour.
“Brosquey’s been an unbelievable leader for this club over the past few years now and it’s my job to continue on what he has built.
“This year we’ve kept the core group together again and the one thing we have at Sydney FC is a great culture and a great bunch of boys, and this year is no different.
“We’ve got a lot of experience in the change room and that will help me lead the group and push us to some more success.”
Wilkinson was presented with the captain’s armband by Brosque at tonight’s first pre-season friendly match against Dunbar Rovers at Leichhardt Oval.
And his captaincy couldn’t have started on a better note, with the Sky Blues emaphatically, but unsurprisingly, hammering their NSW Premier League Mens 3 opponents six-nil.
Head Coach Steve Corica believes Wilkinson was the natural choice for the captaincy.
“I don’t think there’s any surprise with Wilko taking the armband given the experience he has in the game,” he said.
“He shows great leadership within the dressing room, he knows the culture we want to drive and he also knows what it takes to win trophies.
“He will set a fantastic example for our younger boys and to be able to have this sort of continuity bodes very well for the season ahead.”
Widely respected among his A-League peers, ‘Wilko’ is also President of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA).