Sydney FC coach Steve Corica has penned a new two-year contract with the club and preparations for next season have already begun with 12 players moving on.
City had a tough 2021/22 A-League campaign after missing out on finals for the first time in six years and Corica is determined to rebuild and come back stronger next year.
Corica himself was set to fall out of contract but he was always keen to stay on board and the powers that be were keen to keep him after a successful tenure.
Corica guided Sydney to three straight grand final appearances, winning two of them, but after this season’s disappointments, a rebuild is needed.
"We understand it's not good enough to miss out on finals, so there's a lot of improvement we need to start making now for next season to get back into contention," Corica said. "Recruitment will be key to our success as we freshen up the squad.
"We'll need a new striker, a new number 10 and I want to strengthen us defensively. We'll also be looking at changes to the playing style to give the boys a new approach to the season."
12 players have also left the club and Corica says it is crucial they bring in enough quality to help take them back to the top.
Kosta Barbarouses. Luciano Narsingh, Trent Buhagiar, Mustafa Amini, Harry Van der Saag, Callum Talbot, Anton Milnaric, Chris Zuvela, Calem Nieuwenhof and Liam McGing were among the exits.