Sydney FC boss Steve Corica says a ticket to the A-League is worth every cent as he looks forward to starting his sixth season in charge of the Sky Blues, at home to Melbourne Victory on Saturday (7.45pm).
Corica is comfortably the A-League’s longest serving current Head Coach and believes supporters get value for money with the game on show.
“The A-League is exciting to watch, if people turn up and support it they will see how exciting it is,” he said.
“We’ve some very good, talented young players coming through and everyone wants to play a good brand of football and get the crowd excited; so they will get their money’s worth.
“It’s our duty to make it [the A-League] better and stronger.”
Corica is expecting to be able to call upon two of the international stars who provide that excitement in Robert Mak and Andrew Redmayne this Saturday night.
Both have spent much of the past fortnight in Europe representing Slovakia and Australia respectively, but Corica revealed they will be in his squad.
“Robbie has only flown in last night, so he will have his first hit out today and we will see how he goes.
“He [Mak] said he slept well on the flight, but we will wait and see.
“Redders gets back tonight, it’s not ideal preparation but he’s an experienced player and we will speak to him at training tomorrow and see how he feels, but I’m sure he will be fine.”
Another star who will look to bring the flair to the Sky Blues this season is Brazilian striker Fabio who notched two goals in the Australia Cup Final win two weeks ago.
Corica hinted he may start the six-foot four front man.
“He’s been brought here to score goals, he did scored them in the final at a fantastic time to make himself well known within the supporters.
“It was important he came on and helped to change the game. We will grow in confidence after winning that silverware and keep building.”
The Sky Blues Head Coach expects a tough first outing against the Melbourne side in this opening Big Blue of the season.
“We know what to expect from them, we saw it last year in the first game of the season and we need to be ready,” he continued.
“They’re a good team and will be very well drilled and very fit, but we’ve been playing some good games and we’re looking forward to playing at home again.”
Speaking of another milestone day for the club, Corica revealed his delight at hearing the Sky Blues had signed up 20,000 Members for the very first time.
“It’s very exciting to set a new record for the club and we’ve got a big game on Saturday so we hope to see them all there.”
Sydney FC’s clash with Melbourne Victory starts at 7.45pm at Allianz Stadium and tickets can be purchased from sydneyfc.com/tickets