Brisbane Roar’s Massimo Murdocca will notch up his 100th A-League match tomorrow night.
The diminutive midfielder has finally reached the milestone after a couple of serious injuries in the past two seasons and admits there are a few nerves ahead of the meeting with Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium.
“Today was a shaky session, I was hoping I wasn’t going to get injured again in case I couldn’t get my 100th game, to be unlucky again and miss the game, but I got through it so now I’m pumped for tomorrow,” he said.
“I think I think it’s a milestone that a lot of players would like to achieve in their career.
“It’s taken me six years, I’ve had a lot of setbacks with injuries and that so it’s nice to finally get there.”
Roar coach Ange Postecoglou said playing 100 A-League matches, particularly at the one club, was nothing to be sneezed at and was full of hope that the team could produce a win for Murdocca.
“It’s a major thing I think, particularly when it’s done at one club and he’s been here since day one,” Postecoglou said.
“I like what Massimo represents - he gives 100 per cent all the time and he’s always positive.
“The players love him, the supporters love him and he’s the type of player we want representing this club.
“He doesn’t let anything get to him, whether he’s having a good game, bad game, whether he’s won the ball, lost the ball, first or last minute he’s always a positive character.
“I think work rate is one thing, but having that sort of attitude is his main asset, there aren’t very many other players like him.
“For him to play 100 games is fantastic and hopefully we can cap it off with a win.”