Corica happy to wait for Sydney FC imports

Sydney FC coach Steve Corica is happy to bide his time recruiting imports for next season.
Sydney FC coach Steve Corica is happy to bide his time recruiting imports for next season.

Sydney FC coach Steve Corica is prepared to bide his time to get the right imports, as he looks to sustain the success he enjoyed in his first season in charge of the A-League glamour club.

The Sky Blues campaign ended on Tuesday, when a second-string side containing none of the starters from Sunday's triumphant A-League grand final team, lost 4-0 to Japan's Kawasaki Frontale in an Asian Champions League game in Sydney.

Former assistant coach Corica has ensured the club enjoyed more success after Graham Arnold left to become Socceroos coach.

The Sky Blues finished runners-up to Premiers Plate winners Perth and to Adelaide United in the FFA Cup, in addition to winning a record-equalling fourth A-League grand final.

'"I'm very proud of everyone at this club," Corica said.

"The boys (players) because they do all the hard work, the coaches we spend long hours preparing for every game.

"There's a lot of work go into it, the recruiting, getting the right players in, so I haven't had a lot of time really yet to think about things.

"We'll do that in the next week or so.

"To get another trophy, four championships, is something special and next year it's going to be harder again."

Corica will need to fill some holes after the retirement of captain and striker Alex Brosque, and with central defender Aaron Calver joining new club Western United.

Midfielders Anthony Caceres and Daniel De Silva were on loan from Manchester City and Central Coast Mariners, respectively.

The loan spells of marquee Siem de Jong and Iranian striker Reza Ghoochannejhad have also ended and fellow import and central defender Jop van der Linden, who was hardly used during his one-season deal.

Sydney's most influential imports, leading goalscorer Adam Le Fondre and playmaker Milos Ninkovic have already signed for next season.

"A lot of the foreigners we decide later on in the off-season, so there's no rush, we make sure we get the right Australian players in first and then the foreigners come last," Corica said.

The one major downside for Sydney's season was another fruitless Asian Champions League campaign.

They failed to win a home match for the second season running and finished last in their group with three points from their six matches.

'We've had opportunities to win games, we just haven't finished teams off, or we've conceded late in games and I think that's something we'll learn for next year,' Corica added.

Australian Associated Press