Sydney FC’s Rhyan Grant will surpass Alex Brosque and sit outright first on the all-time Sydney FC A-League appearances should he take to the field this weekend against the Wellington Phoenix.
Both Brosque and Grant sit on 222 A-League appearances for Sydney FC, however, Brosque is still eight games ahead of Grant in the all-time Sydney FC appearances list. (FFA Cup, ACL).
It’s news to the Sydney FC and Socceroos defender who has been solely focused on helping Sydney FC climb the Isuzu Ute A-League ladder.
“I wasn’t aware but it was something that I thought might be approaching and then I got told that this would be happening in the last couple of days.”
“Brosquey is a great friend of mine and a club legend. He’s been a very good player for Sydney FC and he’s done a lot for this club. He’s well-loved by a lot of the players here and by all the supporters so it’s a great honour to go past him.”
“I’ve been lucky to have so many great memories from my time here so far and I’m looking forward to making more.”
“If I had to pick one moment that stands out it’s hard to go past the two Grand Finals that I scored in. Those were some great moments.”
Despite the milestone achievement, Grant is firmly focused on Sydney FC’s upcoming home games against the Phoenix at Leichhardt Oval followed by a Grand Final re-match against Melbourne City at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium a week later.
“It’s a crucial time now in the season. If we can get some wins in the next few weeks it’s going to put us in good stead heading into the business end of the season and that starts with Wellington on Saturday at Leichhardt Oval.”
Following Saturday’s match against the Phoenix at Leichhardt, Grant and his Sydney FC teammates find themselves back at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium the following Saturday night against Melbourne City who denied Grant and his Sydney FC teammates a championship three-peat last season where Grant himself, was not able to feature due to quarantine rules set in place in Australia.
“It was very difficult, I was in quarantine for the match so I had to watch it in my hotel room by myself. You play all year to get to that final game and then you have to miss out on that but that’s the way football has been over the last couple of years with Covid.”
“It was disappointing to not have been able to contribute in that game and help the team. We now have the opportunity to push forward this season and look to make things right against Melbourne City next weekend.”
“This season has been a bit up and down with how teams have fared so far. Every team is beatable, and most teams have been having a good day and a bad day at different times. Whoever we play it’s always a big game because they always rise against us so both the Phoenix and City will be tough games but ones that we are excited for.
Upcoming home games:
Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix: Saturday, 19th February, 5.05 pm, Leichhardt Oval. Tickets can be purchased here.
Sydney FC v Melbourne City: Saturday, 26th February, 7.45 pm. Tickets can be purchased here.