Sydney FC Captain Alex Wilkinson will lead the club into a new era having agreed to return for the Isuzu-Ute A-League 2022-23 campaign.
The AFC Asian Cup 2014 winner led the club to the A-League Championship and Premiership double in 2020 and has played a major role in the most successful period in Sydney FC’s history.
He will now become the first Sky Blues skipper to lead the club out at the brand new, state of the art, 42,000 seater Allianz Stadium in Moore Park.
“It’s a massive honour to lead Sydney FC into a new period in the club’s history,” he said.
“It will be the most modern and up to date stadium in Australia and to lead our team out against a backdrop of noise will be a fantastic experience.
“We know this season is a big one for us and with the right preparations and focus we expect to lift silverware in our phenomenal new home.”
Wilkinson played 34 out of 37 matches in less than six months last season and having taken some time to rest, says he’s ready to go again.
“I feel in extremely good condition and I still have a big desire to win trophies,” he said
“It was physically the toughest A-League season we’ve ever had to endure with the amount of games back-to-back, but I came through it strongly and feel good going around again.”
Sydney FC Head Coach Steve Corica said: “Wilko is still one of the best defenders in the A-League and what he gives us on and off the pitch is immense, so it’s a huge plus for us that he has decided to continue.
“He looks after himself extremely well and he showed last season he was capable of playing games every three days.
“With a more regular fixture list, I’ve no doubt he will thrive and lead us to even more success.”
Wilkinson is one of the club’s all-time leading appearance makers having joined ahead of the 2016-17 season.
He sits fifth on the all-time ladder with 200 appearances and four goals to his name.
He is also one of the most decorated players in A-League history with five Premiers Plates and three A-League Championships.