Thompson determined to end career with Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson is determined to finish his career with the club.

The 32-year old is nearing the end of his current contract and is about to enter discussions with the two-time champions regarding a new deal.

Thompson, the A-League’s all-time leading scorer, says he would love to remain with the competition’s powerhouse club if he can.

“My first sort of (preference) is to finish my career with Melbourne Victory," Thompson said.

"I've been here already for five years and can't see myself being anywhere else. You don't know where football can take you, but we've started talking."

Thompson is currently recovering from a serious knee injury he sustained in last season’s Grand Final in March and according to coach Ernie Merrick, he is not too far away from a return to action.

“He's close," Merrick said. "He has to feel right and the medical staff has got to feel right.

“He's passed just about everything so far and there's just a final tick-off."

The club have set a tentative date of November 18 (versus Central Coast Mariners) for Thompson’s return.