After a sensational season in the NSW NPL, many believe Alex Sanchez has what it takes to play in the A-League but the ex-La Liga star says he has unfinished business with Sydney Olympic first.
The former Real Zaragoza striker’s scintillating display in scoring 21 goals during the NSW NPL campaign inspired Sydney Olympic to a League and Grand Final double.
While Olympic sprint superstar Usain Bolt’s trial with Central Coast Mariners has grabbed world-wide attention, fans of the local game see Sanchez as worthy of a chance in the A-League.
However, the humble Spaniard has put top-flight aspirations aside and is only focused on playing for Olympic when they take on Perth SC in Sunday’s elimination National Premier League final.
“Right now I don’t think much about that (playing in the A-League) honestly,” he told FTBL. “Of course I want to test myself and play at the highest level as possible.
"But at the same time I don’t want to speak about possible offers and rumours because if I don’t get an offer I am going to be disappointed.
“Maybe in the future I can play for an A-League club. I don’t know. But honestly right now I just want to think of winning the treble for the club.
“It’s nice when people say I’m a good player and a good striker but I just want to think of the present. The present is that I am playing for Sydney Olympic.”
In the 3-1 Grand Final over APIA, Sanchez produced a football master class scoring two classy goals and providing a quality assist in a performance that earnt him the man of the match.
Looking back on that outstanding Grand Final and NSW NPL campaign, the 29-year-old striker said this season has been without peer.
“It’s been a perfect season for me and for the club, of course,” he said.
“Before the game against APIA I did feel a lot of pressure because it was such a big game but I tried to approach the match as usual.
“As players we play football for these kind of games and it was a beautiful, beautiful day.
“Winning the League in the last minute, scoring a lot of goals during the season and winning the Grand Final, scoring goals in that game and being man of the match - it’s been an amazing season, a great campaign and it was the perfect final for us.”
When Sanchez made his La Liga debut while playing for Real Zaragoza in 2009 he became the first player to appear in a professional football game with just one hand.
Sydney Olympic coach Abbas Saad lauded the Spaniard for the quality he has showed not only on the pitch but off it as well.
“It’s an amazing story,” he said speaking to FTBL.
“I’ve never seen anything like that. What a wonderful player and a wonderful professional he is.
“He has been amazing for these younger boys under him and he has led the way with his goals and his attributes.
“He came to Australia because he wanted to add adventure to his life. It’s his first adventure out of Spain, he’s had La Liga experience so obviously he is a very good player but he is also very smart too as he is studying law.”
2018 NSW NPL Grand Final Photos by loopii #Photosbyloopii for Football NSW