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Brosque poised to sign new Sydney FC deal

  • Brosque poised to sign new Sydney FC deal

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20: s14 of Sydney FC shoots at goal during the round 20 A-League match between Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers at Allianz Stadium on February 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Hamstrung Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque expects to sign a contract extension and says he'll be ready to return for the start of pre-season.

On the mend from last month's surgery following a misdiagnosed injury that wrecked his A-League campaign, Brosque is in good spirits and set to sign a new deal so he can lead the Sky Blues back to their best.

Two months after playing his last game, the 32-year-old finally started running again this week.

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Though it's still far too early for full training sessions, he's confident of being back in the team by July.

"Usually it's a three-month turnaround coming back from surgery, and it's been a month already," Brosque told AAP.

"So I've got enough time to get it right, take my time with it and be ready for pre-season.

"That's what I'm aiming for, and hopefully when the boys get past the next round (of the Asian Champions League) I'll be available for the quarter-finals."

Brosque's recurring hamstring problem kept him sidelined for more than half the season, a factor that played a big part in the failure of last year's grand finalists to even make the top six.

After getting an alternative opinion from a specialist in Melbourne, it became apparent he'd sustained a rare injury seen more in AFL players than footballers.

Crucially for the former Socceroo, whose professional career spans 15 years, the problem was not age-related.

Before that knowledge, Brosque admits thoughts of retirement did creep up during the long days of resting and rehab.

"It definitely crossed my mind," he said.

"Once I found out a bit more about the injury itself, what it was, how it happened and the fact that it's not an age-related issue, it really cleared my head about getting it right once and for all."

Brosque has spoken with coach Graham Arnold and CEO Tony Pignata, informing them he wants remain at the Sky Blues and take it season by season, before eventually retiring on his terms.

Both were happy, and intimated he could expect a new contract.

"If Arnie wants me around I'll stick around, and he made it clear that he does," Brosque said.

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