Smiling assassin, Archie Thompson, will lace up the boots for another season with Melbourne Victory - the club where he holds legendary status.
The former Socceroo and A-League’s highest scorer, with 89 goals, ended speculation about his future by sealing a one-year deal with last season’s Championship and Premiership winning outfit
Linked most recently with Wellington Phoenix, Thompson said he was always committed to remaining with Victory.
“I always wanted to stay and now that it has all worked out that way, I couldn’t be happier,” he said.
“To be a one-club player is very important to me and I feel like I can give something back to the club and the fans that have been so supportive of me over 10 great years.”
Thompson, 36, is one of only nine players to appear in 200 or more A-League games – in his case 210 – since the competition kicked off in 2005.
Melbourne Victory CEO Ian Robson said securing Thompson on the playing roster was an outcome that the club had been working towards.
“(Coach) Kevin Muscat said all along that he wanted Archie to stay at the club,” Robson said.
“We are all thrilled to have Archie wear the Melbourne Victory strip for an incredible 11th consecutive season and for him to play his part in contributing to our title defence.”
The striker will join his team mates on Monday when the playing group returns from their end-of-season break.