Head Coach Steve Corica says Sydney FC’s relatively quiet off-season of new signings bodes extremely well for the 2021/22 A-League campaign.
The Sky Blues boss is delighted to have retained the nucleus of his record-breaking squad from the past five years and has added a smattering of new players who will challenge for positions providing great depth in the squad.
“We don’t need complete overhauls like other clubs do,” said Corica.
“We’ve stuck to the principles of continuity and cohesion which have served us so well these past five years and made us the most successful club in Australian football history.
“I look at our current starting eleven and it’s the envy of the country,” he continued.
“We’ve had a great nucleus of players at Sydney FC for a number of years, while we’ve also been able to bring in some of the best players the competition has seen over that time.
“We’ve got a squad of winners with more than 50 A-League Championship medals between them and the current depth is the best in years.
“We’ve options in every position and our new signings will challenge for those spots.”
Sydney FC has recruited defender James Donachie, attacking midfielder Max Burgess, young wing back Connor O’Toole and pacy winger Elvis Kamsoba to replace out-goings Ryan McGowan, Alex Baumjohann, Patrick Flottmann, Jordi Swibel and Luke Ivanovic.
“We tinkered with the squad but like the best clubs in this world we’ll make gradual changes.
“It’s part of our policy which has put us in four of the last five Grand Finals and seen us win a record breaking haul of trophies.
“We’ve also got eight Academy graduates in our squad who are challenging. If they perform they will get their opportunities.”
Sydney FC remain in talks with Chris Zuvela and Tom Heward-Belle regarding their futures for next season.
Sydney FC has 25 contracted players for the A-League 2021/22 season.
Sydney FC Contracted A-League Squad 2021/22 Season
1. ANDREW REDMAYNE
2. JAMES DONACHIE
3. BENJAMIN WARLAND
4. ALEX WILKINSON
5. CONNOR O’TOOLE
7. MICHAEL ZULLO
8. PAULO RETRE
10. MILOS NINKOVIC
11. KOSTA BARBAROUSES
12. TRENT BUHAGIAR
16. JOEL KING
17. ANTHONY CACERES
21. HARRY VAN DER SAAG
22. MAX BURGESS
23. RHYAN GRANT
25. CALLUM TALBOT
26. LUKE BRATTAN
27. ELVIS KAMSOBA
28. CALEM NIEUWENHOF
29. ANTON MLINARIC
30. ADAM PAVLESIC (GK)
32. PATRICK YAZBEK
33. PATRICK WOOD
99. ADAM LE FONDRE