Sydney FC recruit Kosta Barbarouses admits he's still hurting from the finals drubbing the Sky Blues gave Melbourne Victory last season, as he prepares to face his former A-League side for the first time.
Barbarouses, who shifted clubs in the off-season, scored his first A-League goal for Sydney in Friday's 4-1 thrashing of Newcastle at Leichhardt Oval.
Following their bye next week, Sydney host Victory in the first Big Blue of the season at Netstarta Stadium where the Sky Blue demolished the Melbourne side 6-1 in a semi-final six months ago.
"It probably still hurts (them); it still hurts me to be honest," Barabarouses said of his final A-League appearance for Victory.
"So that might be part of their conversation but it's a new-look team, a new coach who wasn't a part of that.
"It's going to be great to come up against my old team."
The only potential impediment to him playing Victory could have been a recall to the New Zealand team after two years,
The All Whites have internationals away to Ireland and Lithuania in the week of the Big Blue but Barbarouses will now stay in Sydney after agreeing a deal with New Zealand.
He was delighted to finally open his A-League goal account for Sydney after two marginal VAR calls went against him.
He was judged fractionally offside after netting in the first round against Adelaide and a header in Sydney was ruled not to have fully crossed the line.
"I am not going to blame that solely, I missed a couple of good chances too," he said.
"We've got such a quality side and I knew the chances were going to come and as a striker you go through those periods and you have to back yourself.
"I think I would have been more worried if I wasn't getting chances or I was struggling to get myself into those areas.
He's enjoying developing his partnership with Sydney's other mobile marksman Adam Le Fondre, who also got on the scoresheet on Friday.
"We work well together, we both work extra hard for the team which is important," Barbarouses said.
"He wants a lot of goals but he's actually quite unselfish too."
Barbarouses was thrilled to score in the first match attended by his baby daughter Lola.
'She just turned six weeks a couple of days ago and had her immunisation so she could come and watch, so I'm rapt," Barbarouses said.