Sydney FC’s Socceroos star Rhyan Grant will play his 200th A-League game on Wednesday night when he steps out for the Sky Blues against Western United at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.
Grant has made 233 total appearances for the club in all competitions and is second in the Sky Blues all time appearance standings behind Alex Brosque, who is on 265.
The full back says it will be an occasion to remember.
“I feel very humbled and privileged to have played so many games for this club and to have represented in the A-League so many times,” he said.
“I will also feel very proud when I walk out on Wednesday night but the main thing is winning the match.
“We are playing well and creating chances and eventually we are going to give someone a hammering, hopefully it will come this Wednesday night.”
Grant’s record could have been even greater had he not missed two seasons through injury having twice snapped his anterior cruciate ligament.
Head Coach Steve Corica paid tribute to the defender.
“Rhyan’s been an incredibly loyal servant to this club and to have played so many games, despite his setbacks, is a real credit to him.
“He has been fantastic for the last 13 seasons and he is one of the big reasons we’ve had so much success at this club.
“His down to earth character and personality has helped to build a huge bond in our dressing room over a number of years and I hope he enjoys the occasion of his 200th on Wednesday night.
Meanwhile in conjunction with International Women’s Day (March 8th) Sydney FC will host its inaugural Women In Football event ahead of Wednesday night’s game.
A panel of female football experts including Sydney FC board member and The Iconic CEO Erica Berchtold, Sydney FC Westfield W-League captain Teresa Polias, broadcaster Stephanie Brantz and former Matildas Head Coach Tom Sermanni will be hosted by ABC presenter Tracey Holmes at the invitational event.
The Sky Blues will also recognize the work of some of the superstar females involved at the club and within the club’s community.