Finals are an all too familiar thing for Melbourne Victory veteran Leigh Broxham as he prepares for his fourth grand final appearance for the club.
The vice-captain started as the club kit man and has since enjoyed success at Victory playing in the 2007, 2010 and 2015 grand finals.
He scored the sealer in 2015 and now it’s Victory’s turn to head up to Sydney. Broxham says he never would’ve envisaged playing in three big dances but says it’s all about the team.
“You don’t think about it (potential success at the beginning), you start your career looking for the next contract and trying to achieve things personally,” Broxham said.
“As your career evolves, you start thinking about more team things. I’m very happy where I am at the moment and hopefully there’s a few more to come.
“We really had to work hard this year and obviously it’s an away final, we haven’t played an away final before. It’s exciting. A lot of my friends and family are coming up and a lot of people are travelling, it’ll be a big travelling group I think that have come up for the game.”
Victory looked sharp from start to finish in their 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar in the semi-final after a slow finish to the regular season.
Broxham was man of the match on Sunday with his partnership with Carl Valeri,setting the standard early.
“Everyone’s up for the game and you draw enthusiasm from them,” he said. “I draw attention away from myself, everyone was outstanding in the game (against Brisbane) and I don’t think there was a bad player.
“It was a team effort and we’ve been working since day one on defensive things. It’s just how the game was and how it had to be. We know Sydney sweat on any mistakes and we’re going to have to be right up for it again.”