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Distractions not about to derail Sydney's finals campaign

There have been distractions aplenty this week for minor Premiers Sydney FC but they are not about to let it get in the way of their main focus - the Championship.

The Sky Blues have had to endure bad news regarding inspirational skipper Steve Corica whose career is now over after injuring a hamstring days after announcing his retirement, the departure at the end of the season of goalkeeper Clint Bolton who will join new franchise Melbourne Heart, the rumours suggesting John Aloisi is also a target for the Heart, the negative criticism concerning midfielder Terry McFlynn about his tackle on Melbourne Victory striker Robbie Kruse and the uncertainty surrounding the futures of Karol Kisel and Simon Colosimo but striker Alex Brosque is confident these issues will pail into insignificance when tomorrow night comes around.

"We're a very together squad so while there's been a few things happening this week, it's not getting to us," he told Sportal.

"It's been hard to swallow the news about Stevie but he came off early (last Sunday) and Karol Kisel slotted into that position, so it's not as if we have to do a major reshuffle.

"As for Clint it's very sad he's going. But it's been talked about for a couple of weeks so the boys knew the announcement was coming.

"He's a real professional and won't let that distract him.

"We won't expect anything different from him. He will continue the way he's been playing.

"It's probably motivating him even more to go out with a grand final win.

"Karol's been very good for us and we certainly don't take him for granted. We know how much he brings to the side and I'd love to see him stay," Brosque added.

"Simon's been a big part of why we've been so solid at the back, so they'd be two big losses if we can't hold on to them.

"But if we are to have a number of players leaving us, what better way to go out than with a grand final win."

Sydney take on the Victory tomorrow night at Etihad Stadium in the first leg of the major semi-final - kick-off 7:30pm AEDT.

Andrew Slevison
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