5 best veteran players this season in the A-League

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They may not move as quickly as they once did but veteran players still have as much to offer on the pitch as they did during their prime.

Experience is something that only comes with time and is just as valuable to a team as youthful exuberance. That’s what Central Coast Mariners are banking on with their signing of 37 year old Luis Garcia. Several veterans have already been integral parts of their club’s successes so far this season. Here are five of the best golden oldies.

Thomas Sorensen (Melbourne City – 39 years old)

Melbourne City signing The Great Dane in the offseason has proven to be a revelation. A former English Premier League regular between the sticks and centurion of the Danish national team, Sorensen has certainly lived up to his lofty reputation. While he’s only kept a single cleansheet, that’s mostly down to City’s attacking impetus and not reflective of his abilities. He’s gone on to make the most saves of any keeper in the competition. Very impressive.

Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar – 34 years old)

One of the best performers in the A-League’s history, it’s no surprise to see Broich continue to delight for yet another season. The German was never a player who relied on his athleticism and age hasn’t dampened his intelligence, bravado and sublime skill on the ball. Although yet to score a goal this term Broich has set up five and created 33 chances for his teammates. Still capable of picking any lock put in front of him.

Alex Brosque (Sydney FC – 32 years old)

He may have struggled with a few niggles but the Sydney skipper is just as influential as ever. He’s inspired his side to a point off the top of the table with five goals to his name but his biggest contribution is as a leader on the pitch. Off contract at the end of the season, Brosque is keen to remain on board. It wouldn’t be smart to let someone of his ilk leave just yet.

Corona (Brisbane Roar – 34 years old)

A product of Real Madrid’s academy, Corona spent almost 15 years across Spain’s top two divisions before he arrived in Brisbane. He has immediately made an impact as John Aloisi’s midfield conductor, creating 34 chances and completing the most number of passes in the entire league. He is a wiry and clever player who the Roar would be doing a lot worse without. A true pass master.

Ante Covic (Perth Glory – 40 years old)

Perth are languishing second from bottom but could be in a lot worse shape if it wasn’t for their veteran keeper. He’s made the third most saves out of any keeper thus far this season and his commanding presence in goal is enough to put the bravest of strikers off. Already a hero in Western Sydney, if Covic can somehow drag Perth to finals football, he’ll have another club in his debt.

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Lochy McIvor
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