Brosque returns as Sydney's Australian marquee

Sky Blue cult hero Alex Brosque will return to Sydney FC having signed a two-year deal as the club’s Australian marquee.

Sydney’s all time highest goal scorer, brought an end to a three year overseas stint and will link up with his new teammates from July 1.

The former Socceroo said he was looking forward to returning to his old stomping ground and working under new head coach Graham Arnold.

“There was never any doubt when they contacted me that I wanted to return,” Brosque said.

“Graham Arnold has bold ambitions for this season and I want to be a part of that.

“My dream is to help the Sky Blues win the Championship again and reach the Asian Champions League.

“I have great memories of the members and fans here and I can’t wait to step back out in front of them at Allianz Stadium. It’s good to be back and I can’t wait for the season to get underway.”

But the 30-year-old, who spent five seasons with the Sky Blues, said his ambitions did not extend to the Socceroos, admitting his international career was at an end.

"In terms of the national team, that's it for me," he told Fairfax Media.

"I would have maybe had a bit of contact with Ange (Postecoglou) if he wanted me around.

“He's going in a certain direction and the future looks good for them, so I'm not even putting myself in contention.

“I'm definitely not getting any younger and I enjoyed the years that I was with the national team. If I'm not going to be in contention for the next World Cup, then I don't think it'd be the right thing to put myself near the national team." 

Brosque scored 35 goals in a 124 appearances for the Sky Blues between 2006-2011 and was a key figure in the side that clinched the Premiership and Championship double in the 2009/10 Hyundai A-League season.

In 2011 he left Sydney to join J-League outfit Shimizu S-Pulse and most recently played for Al Ain in the UAE Pro League.

Arnold said his latest signing will further bolster the squad’s attacking ranks.

“It’s great to have a crowd favourite in Alex back at Sydney FC,” he said.

“His leadership and his quality will be an important ingredient in our club this year.

“His personality is the perfect fit for us and our dressing room.

“Alex is a proven goal scorer and his track record at Sydney FC speaks for itself.

“He’s got a knack for creating chances as well as taking them and I’m looking forward to continuing my working relationship with him, having worked with him at national team level.”