Archie, Leijer stick with Victory

Melbourne Victory have re-signed foundation players Archie Thompson and Adrian Leijer.

At 35, Thompson is the A-League’s all-time highest scorer with 78 goals. Despite talk of a potential move next season the smiling assassin has inked a one-year extension with the Melbourne outfit.

Leijer, 28, who endured an injury-interrupted campaign in 2013-14, has signed off on a deal that will keep him at the club for at least two more seasons.

Coach Kevin Muscat said he was delighted to have secured the club stalwarts.

“Both of these boys have been with us since day one and as we head into the ten-year anniversary of this great club, I’m thrilled Archie and Adrian will be with us again next season,” Muscat said.

 

“Archie is a proven performer and is certainly someone that every fan of Melbourne Victory looks up to and admires.

 

“While Adrian has had a slightly disrupted year as a result of a serious facial injury, he’s shown that he is an important and very reliable part of our defensive structure and is a highly respected member of our change room."

Veteran Socceroo Thompson has played 184 games for Victory while Leijer has notched up 162 – both have pulled on the navy blue shirt more times than any other players in the club’s history.

   

Thompson said: “Anyone who knows me, including all our loyal fans, knows I bleed blue.

“I can’t imagine playing at any other A-League club and I’m really happy that I’ll be with Melbourne Victory as we prepare to celebrate the our tenth anniversary next season.”

 

Leijer said he was thrilled to be remaining with the club at which he made his senior debut.

 

“Melbourne Victory is a great club with a great history and a terrific culture,” Leijer said.

 

“I am obviously delighted to be staying with the club and look forward to working with Kevin (Muscat) for another couple of seasons and sharing in the club's continued success in the near future."

 


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