Sydney fired up for more success
Sydney FC keeper Andrew Redmayne says the club's start to the new season is putting them on track for a repeat A-League title.
The Sky Blues won the double of championship and Premier's Plate last season under Graham Arnold and will look to become just the second team to successfully defend the crown this term.
As ever, the challenge for the league's defending champions will be to maintain their league form while they at the same time go into the Asian Champions League group stages at the start of February.
But the way Arnold's team have started the defence of their title has been impressive, and they took over top spot last weekend with a 1-0 win over Melbourne City.
It's four wins and a draw from the first five rounds, equalling the best start to a season for a team defending their title.
If we keep working hard and keep ticking the boxes then I'm sure we'll see more success.Andrew Redmayne
Brisbane Roar, who won back-to-back titles under Ange Postecoglou, are the only team so far to have held onto the trophy.
Redmayne was part of that squad, though he only played one game in each of their Grand Final-winning campaigns as he was back-up to Michael Theo.
He sees signs of that same culture at the Sky Blues now, saying that Arnold kept the squad hungry for more silverware.
"We're fired up to maintain our success and that's the main motivating goal for us is to keep up our standards and keep pushing ourselves further for greater success this year," said Redmayne.
"I couldn't be more happy [with the team's form]," he added. "The things we've been working on this season have come into fruition; if we keep working hard and keep ticking the boxes then I'm sure we'll see more success."
"Much like the whole squad we leave no stone unturned and that's something that the squad and myself pride ourselves on, is coming to training every day and working extremely hard."
Sydney FC are 4/5 to win the Grand Final.
The Sky Blues are 1/2 to win their next game against Central Coast, who are 5/1 with the draw 7/2.
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