Some things just get better with age – fine wine, cheese, and Alex Brosque.

At 35 years old, Brosque is getting towards the end of his professional footballing career – but the striker might just have a couple more seasons in him yet.

Brosque was considering retirement at the end of the 2017/18 season, but a change of heart keep him on board at Sydney FC.

“I spoke to a lot of people, a lot of friends of mine who had already retired, and the advice that I got from them was to play for as long as you’re able to, and as long as you still feel you’re able to have any sort of contribution to the team,” he said.

“That’s the thing that worried me, I didn’t want to stay around if I wasn’t able to help the team in anyway.

But that’s obviously not a problem for the Sky Blues captain – he’s scored six goals in 15 appearances so far this season. With the 2018/19 season on its way out, Brosque again faces a decision on retirement.

“The last couple years I’ve just always maintained at the end of the year I’d see how the body felt, where I was with my headspace – but for the moment things are good.

“The body is holding up, I’m feeling good, I’m enjoying playing – I mean retirement is still definitely a possibility, but it’s a decision I’ll make in a few months’ time.

“I think at the moment, probably a 50/50.

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If Brosque was to return to the game for another season, there’s no doubts about where his allegiance would lie.

“As long as Sydney FC wants to keep me on, there’s nowhere else that I would play – if I was going to continue playing it would be at Sydney FC.

“I’d love to stay involved with the club definitely, because they’ve been a huge part of my life.

“Just because I’d have finished playing, to end it like that would be hard personally from my side, so I’d like to stay involved with Sydney FC somehow.

“I still don’t know what role I’d like to stay on with, whether it’s coaching, whether it’s more in the club side, or whether it’s working with kids coming through our system.

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But above any thoughts of retirement, Brosque is focused on finishing off this season right. Sydney FC are currently sitting in third on the ladder – they’re on the right track to win the premiership, with a chance to go one step further than last year. After not making it to the big dance last season, Brosque is determined that this time the Sky Blues will take it all the way. Winning a grand final with his team was another contributing factor to the striker’s return.

“It’s the definite main goal, we know how close we were last year and how disappointing it was to not be there on the final day, so we are looking to correct that this time around and make sure that we’re doing everything we can to win it.

“The other thing as well, Steve Corica, a guy that I’ve played with and won a Championship with.

“With him coming in as coach I really wanted to stay around to help him out as a senior player and make sure that everything we built in the club over the last few years under Graeme Arnold continued.”

After playing 250 games in the Sky Blue shirt, Brosque may be ready to hang up the boots – or, he could be rearing for yet another successful season. We’re ought to find out soon enough.

Feature Image Credit: JaimeCastaneda

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