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Alex Wilkinson to captain Sydney FC

By AAP Newswire

Former Socceroos defender Alex Wilkinson has succeeded Alex Brosque as captain of A-League premiers Sydney FC.

Wilkinson was the logical choice to replace Brosque, who retired after the Sky Blues beat Perth Glory in a penalty shoot out to win the grand final in May.

The 34-year-old joined Sydney FC in 2016 and has been vice-captain for the last three seasons.

"Brosquey's been an unbelievable leader for this club over the past few years now and it's my job to continue on what he has built," Wilkinson said.

"This year we've kept the core group together again and the one thing we have is a great culture, a great bunch of boys.

"We've got a lot of experience in the change room and that will help me lead the group and push us to some more success."

Sydney FC coach Steve Corica said Wilkinson was the natural successor to Brosque.

"I don't think there's any surprise with Wilko taking the armband given the experience he has in the game," he said.

"He shows great leadership within the dressing room, he knows the culture we want to drive and he also knows what it takes to win trophies.

"He will set a fantastic example for our younger boys and to be able to have this sort of continuity bodes very well for the season ahead."

Wilkinson was presented with the captain's armband by Brosque before Thursday's pre-season friendly against Dunbar Rovers at Sydney's Leichhardt Oval.