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Australian Football: Corica ready for rebuild

Steve Corica says he is the man to lead the rebuild at Sydney FC but they must get the recruitment right for the 2022/23 A-League campaign.

Sydney have been hugely successful under the leadership of Corica when reaching three grand finals, winning two of them, while they also won the premiership in the 2019/20 campaign.

Disappointing season

However this season has been one to forget as they missed out on finals for the first time in six years and they wrapped up the campaign with a 3-1 loss to Brisbane Roar on Tuesday night.

A host of players are now off-contract and so is Corica, but he believes he is definitely the man to lead the club and bounce back next season. But he admits a squad overhaul is needed.

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"This season has been disappointing and you've got to take responsibility for that but I think the first three seasons of mine, we've made the grand final every year," Corica said. "Three in a row. I'm not too sure how many other coaches have done that.

"But this year has been disappointing. We obviously need to pick it up next year. Make sure we get the recruitment right and we'll come in fresh again next year and then start again."

Talks planned

Corica says he will hold talks with a number of players next week as doubts remain over the future of club legends Adam Le Fondre, Alex Wilkinson and Milos Ninkovic.

"They're conversations I'm going to have with the players next week," Corica added. "There's going to be a fair turnaround I think from this year.

"There's a lot of work to do in the off-season but we'll worry about that when we've had a little bit of a rest and a think about it and start working on planning for next year."

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