He was the Grand Final hero for the Sky Blues against Perth one year ago, but shotstopper Andrew Redmayne won’t be dwelling on those career highlights ahead of Wednesday’s do or die clash at Bankwest Stadium.
The Sky Blues’ custodian, who leads the league for save percentage (78.1%), hailed the club’s big game character and said there’s more than enough experience to get the job done against the West Australians again.
“We’ve been in them [the Semi-Finals] the last four years,” he said.
“We’ve got enough experience in the squad, we know how to play in big games and we know how to win big games so we’re looking forward to it.
“I don’t think it becomes easier having played in so many. There is the notion that we’ve played in tough big games before and got the job done and that instils a lot of confidence in myself and I’m sure within the rest of the squad.
“Every time Sydney FC steps on the pitch we want to win the game, that’s been the attitude for the last four or five years.
“We’ve won one trophy all ready and we know what we need to do to win another one.
“The Perth Grand Final is something you look back on again after your career, my full focus now is the games coming up,” he continued.
“If I was to dwell on things that have happened it’d take my attention off the coming games. I’m more focused on what we could potentially face more than what we’ve already faced.”
Sydney FC are two games away from becoming the most successful side in Australian football history, with a fifth Championship looming, and Redmayne said that’s a stat he’d gleefully tell his grandchildren about.
“To be the most successful team in Australian football history is definitely something you can hang your hat on later in your career,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s something that you notice while you’re playing, but it’s something you can tell your grandkids about and be proud of after you retire.
“It’s a credit to everyone at Sydney FC from the Members to the board and all the players involved over the years, and to be a part of it is fantastic.”
The first challenge on the road to that history is Wednesday’s Semi-Final date against the Glory, and it’s a challenge Redmayne is relishing.
“I’m someone who always likes to test myself against the best, I like to be tested and put under pressure,” he said.
“I like to think we’ve beaten the best and become the best and I’ll face whoever we need to to win the trophy. I’m looking forward to the challenge of Perth.”
Sydney FC take on Perth Glory in the Hyundai A-League Semi-Finals at Bankwest Stadium on Wednesday night (kick off 8:10pm AEST) with tickets still available to the clash.
Catch the Sky Blues’ pre-match show on Facebook from 7:30pm and see the match live on Fox Sports or streamed on Kayo Sports and the My Football Live app.