Defeating Adelaide United in tomorrow’s FFA Cup final under new head coach Steve Corica would be freakish says Sydney FC left back Rhyan Grant.
The Sky Blues head into their third consecutive FFA Cup final in high spirits after defeating bitter rivals Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 in the Sydney derby over the weekend.
The 2018 decider is a repeat of last year’s final which saw Sydney under then head coach Graham Arnold defeat Adelaide 2-1 in at Allianz Stadium.
But this time the decider is taking place in Adelaide and Grant is hopeful that the Sky Blues can retain the FFA Cup under new boss Steve Corica.
“To get that first trophy and first bit of silverware for him will be freakish,” he told FTBL.
“We want to build on what we have already done in pre-season and start of the A-League and I’ll be stoked if we can get a win for Bimbi and for the club.
“It would be a great start to the season and it’ll be onwards and upwards as they say.”
Along with the 2017 FFA Cup, the Arnold era at Sydney included two Premiership titles and an A-League Championship.
After starting the season undefeated and taking the Sky Blues to tomorrow's decider, Grant is excited about what Corica’s reign will deliver.
“I’m pumped to have Bimbi (Corica) as head coach,” he said. “I’m really excited to see what we can do this season.
“Obviously Arnie and Bimbi are two different people and different coaches. But Corica was under Arnie for a while and learnt a lot.
“From a team point of view not much has changed, but then little things have which has made a positive influence on us.
“We have got some good players that have come in and we’ve had some great recruitments and Bimbi so far has been great.”
He added: “I’ve also known him for a long, long time and he knows me very well and he definitely knows how to get the best out of me and hopefully I can do that.”
Meanwhile many fans are interested to know how Grant’s friends and family have allowed him to sport a haircut that’s more suitable for the 1980s rather than 2018.
The left-back admits those who have had mullets before should not cast the first stone.
“They aren't really pumped about it,” he said. “They have all given me some stick, especially my mates.
“But they’ve all had this hair cut back in high school days, they’ve all had some pretty ordinary haircuts and there were a few mullets flying around.
“So they can’t really point the finger. My old man had one during the day too, so you can’t judge if you have been there.
“It’s just a bit of fun. I’ve always been a little bit different so they like that about me.”