News – AU – A-League wonder Alex Wilkinson hits another incredible milestone


Sydney FC captain Alex Wilkinson could easily have his 300 Can play A-League with – and not against – Melbourne City

The 36-year-old former Socceroos defender’s memorable career hits another milestone at AAMI Park on Tuesday night as he booked a triple century of A-League play

His opponents will be Melbourne City, which gave him the opportunity to play again in Australia in 2016 after his contract with Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors expired

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“I wasn’t sure what would happen after that when I went overseas (2012), but I always thought I’d come back at some point,” said Wilkinson

“The Korean season ended November through December and many of the A-League teams were full I was really grateful that Melbourne City gave me the opportunity to go down there and play

“It was by no means a short-term fix I was really open to the option of staying down there for the following season”

But when Sydney FC showed interest in signing Wilkinson for the 2016-17 season and beyond, the former Central Coast Mariners skipper’s chance to return to New South Wales was too good to turn down

“It worked out very well when I returned to Australia. My wife was pregnant with our second child and the timing for the return to Sydney worked out perfectly,” he said

“It ticked all the boxes off the field and on the field too. But I had a fantastic time in Melbourne and I have nothing but good things to say about Melbourne City

“It’s funny how it turns out that my 300 against a team I’ve played for, and it’s nice in some ways, but once you’re on the field don’t think too much about it just out there to win the game it doesn’t matter who you are against it is ”

Even if it was against the Mariners, despite his continued admiration for the Gosford-based club, with which he played 172 A-League games

“It’s never good to see you go through tough times, but it looks like you definitely went around the corner this year”

The Mariners beat Sydney 2-0 last month, making it the Sky Blues only loss this season

“We’re pursuing OK, I think we still have room for improvement, but that’s what you should be doing this time of year,” said three-time A League championship winner Wilkinson

Alex Wilkinson, Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners FC, Melbourne City FC

News – AU – A-League wonder Alex Wilkinson reaches another incredible milestone
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