Championship-winning captain re-signs with Sydney FC
ONE of the final pieces in Sydney FC's jigsaw for next season has fallen into place with captain Alex Brosque re-signing for another year.
Scorer of 11 goals last season - a personal best - as the Sky Blues swept all before them, Brosque has become a key lieutenant for coach Graham Arnold after fighting his way back to fitness after a major hamstring operation.
The 33-year-old had made clear his desire to stay with the club and lead the defence of the double won this season.
"After the incredible highs of the season just gone we want to carry that on into next year and have another successful season," Brosque said.
"I believe we'll be even better next year, retaining the core of the squad, and I'm looking forward to season 2017-18 getting under way."
Arnold said he expected Brosque to continue to be the club's most senior professional, having embraced the challenges of captaincy.
"Brosquey is a major part of everything we do at the club, not just on the field but off it as well," Arnold said.
"He's a leader and mentor for both the young and experienced players, he brings the dressing room together and I expect him to continue to live up to the standards bestowed upon him as captain next season.
"It's a pleasure to have Brosque at the club and long may our form continue in the new season."
It means only David Carney's future remains to be sorted, with Arnold keen to keep the former Socceroo at the club.
Meanwhile, Socceroos striker Mathew Leckie has signed with Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin from relegated Ingolstadt, and Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones has signed a new two-year deal with Eredivisie champions Feyenoord.