Mitch Duke may be the Western Sydney Wanderers' new captain, but there was a different striker on that pitch tonight that looked like a leader among men.
36-years-old and 196 centimetres tall, there's no half-measures with Alex Meier.
In fact, it's beginning to seem a little stunning the Wanderers were able to recruit him at all.
Bar last season he's had a phenomenally consistent, injury free career. A former Bundesliga top scorer, he's arguably Eintracht Frankfurt's greatest ever player, so Markus Babbel knew exactly what he was going to get.
But it's less likely the rest of us did, until now.
"Yeah I'm very tired," he laughed exasperatingly after a perfectly placed lob sealed Western Sydney Wanderers' 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory.
"It was a hard, long game, but we did great as a team and I think the win is going to be very important for us."
It's already a record-breaking season two matches down for Babbel's side, who prior to tonight had never won in Docklands and never won back-to-back opening matches.
Already Meier seems an apt choice. Although he possesses the usual tall-forward arsenal, he's far from your typical big striker.
Instead, think tidy passing acumen, brilliant vision, hardy work-ethic and - most pressingly in his post-match comments - a cool, experienced head on his shoulders.
"For me it's important, well, for everyone it's important, that we need to get to know each other better and get more fitness," he said.
"We'll get more used to the way each other play and it's only the beginning.
"It will get better, but there will be bad games too. If we keep fighting and working together like that though, we can go a long way."
While the Wanderers appear to be gazing towards a rosy future, on the other side of the German divide, Marco Kurz is already feeling the heat in Victory's hotseat.
Andrew Nabbout is partly responsible, after falling over his own feet when Elvis Kamsoba put him through on goal in the 85th minute.
Without Robbie Kruse for an indeterminate period of time, Nabbout realises they can't afford "stupid mistakes".
"We needed to take a few more risks up top, similar to last week we weren't crossing the ball enough," he said.
"Stupid mistakes cost us tonight and we've got to pick up and move on to next week. We need to switch the ball quicker, I think it's a collective thing.
"We've just got to utilise our pace and link up with the big man up top."