Archie up for one last adventure

Melbourne Victory legend Archie Thompson says he wants to continue his football career despite playing his final A-League season at the club.

It was confirmed this morning the 37-year-old will not be at the club next season. Thompson will go down as one of the all-time greats in Victory’s four walls after he played 224 games, scored 90 goals, won three A-League Premierships and Championships and was the last remaining player of Melbourne Victory’s inaugural squad from 2005-06.

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“I still feel great and I still feel like there’s something to give. For me at the moment, I’ve still got to come to terms knowing next year I’m not going to be walking out onto AAMI Park and I’m not going to be hearing the ‘Archie Thompson’ chants, which was always very special to me,” Thompson said on Saturday.

“I’m very emotional, I had a meeting with Kevin Muscat and sat down. We had a couple of weeks to talk it over and I respect Kev’s and the clubs decision not to sign me on for next season. I’ve had an amazing run, I was actually in bed last night rehearsing this and I was even a mess then.”

Thompson is set to wear the boots once again on Tuesday night in the Asian Champions League against Japanese side Gamba Osaka. Victory currently sit second on six points, but the striker will take part in the Round of 16 should they progress.

“It’s a massive opportunity for myself to leave the club on a high. We’ve never progressed past the group stage in the ACL,” he said.

“After that I’ll reassess what I want to do and where I want to go, at the moment this is very fresh and I want to enjoy this.

“But I don’t want it to finish on Tuesday, I want it to finish at at the end of May.”