Sydney determined to keep Aloisi

Sydney FC are hoping they can entice veteran striker John Aloisi to remain at the club by offering him a ‘triple’ role.

Sydney FC are hoping they can entice veteran striker John Aloisi to remain at the club by offering him a ‘triple’ role.

The 34-year old, who has been forced out of Saturday’s A-League Grand Final against the Melbourne Victory because of a hamstring injury, is unclear about his playing future at this stage but the club want to keep him by putting forward a combined playing, coaching and ambassadorial role.

“We've made clear to Johnny that we're very keen to keep him at the club," Sydney chief Edwin Lugt told AAP.

"We would be delighted if we can keep Johnny on board, possibly in the combination of a player's role, coaching and probably as an ambassador of our club because he's got a great profile as we all know.

"We consider there's a great value in that because he's been a fantastic professional over the past two years."

Aloisi has been heavily linked with a move to Melbourne to join incoming club Melbourne Heart but he says at this stage, he is non-committal about any type of move and just wants to try and move from the Grand Final disappointment.

“I have a couple of good options," Aloisi said.

"Everyone knows about the interest of Melbourne Heart and now Sydney.

"But at the moment I'm just getting over the disappointment of not being able to play in a grand final.

"I'll leave (the decision about) next year until next week and the week after.

"I've got time to weigh up my options."

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