Sydney FC captain Corica counts down to kick-off

When Sydney FC kicks off its Hyundai A-League campaign tomorrow evening against the Fury in Townsville it will be a homecoming of sorts for North Queensland product, Steve Corica, but having been with

When Sydney FC kicks off its Hyundai A-League campaign tomorrow evening against the Fury in Townsville it will be a homecoming of sorts for North Queensland product, Steve Corica, but having been with Sydney since the very begging of the league, it’s in Sky Blue that he feels most at home.

Corica assumed the captaincy of Sydney FC mid-way through last season, following the retirement of Tony Popovic and will again wear the arm band in 2009/10 after being confirmed as skipper by Head Coach, Vitezslav Lavicka.

“With a new coach coming in I was hoping to be captain still because I enjoyed it last season,” said the 36-year old. “It’s a great honour that he (Vitezslav Lavicka) has given me the vote of confidence to be captain again because obviously I look up to Vitja, he’s been fantastic since he got here.”

“I’ve been at the club for five years, I’ve got a lot of passion for the club and it’s just good to lead the boys out there and try and lead the way. I’ll do that to the best of my ability and I’m sure the team’s going to do the same.”

After missing the finals for the first time last season Sydney FC has undergone a rebirth leading into Version 5 of the Hyundai A-League and is looking forward to a fresh start in 2009/10.

“It’s important for all of Sydney because I think we were disappointing last year, and obviously disappointed not to be in the finals,” the Captain explained. “You’ve got to give yourself a chance at the end of the season to be in the finals and in the Grand Final and obviously that’s our aim this year.”

“We’ve had a great unbeaten pre-season, scored a lot of goals and haven’t conceded many, but it is only pre-season and we need to start really well against North Queensland. It’s important that we get off to a winning start so we can build on something.”

Sydney will fire its first shots in anger when it faces the Fury at 5:30pm tomorrow evening in a round-one clash at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville.