Necevski set for final Sydney appearance

Sydney FC goalkeeper Ivan Necevski will make his final appearance for the Sky Blues in Saturday's friendly against Tottenham at ANZ Stadium.

The 35-year-old has been with Sydney since 2007, mostly as a second-choice shot-stopper, and the meeting with Spurs will mark his last game for the club.

Necevski paid tribute to the club and its fans in a statement on Friday.

“It’s going to feel good to walk out there with my kids by my side for a last hit out with the club I’ve been playing for most of my career,” he said.

“The last eight years have produced some of the most memorable moments of my life and it has been a huge honour to play for Sydney FC.

“Thanks to everyone at the club for allowing me to meet and play alongside some superstars of the world game and it’s something I will keep close to me for the rest of my life.

“I’d like to make special mention to all of our Sydney FC members and fans for their support over the last eight years. 'The Cove' have been loving and supported me through thick and thin throughout my journey at the club, so I want to say thank you to them.

“Last but not least I’d like to thank my family for their love and support throughout my football career and I know whatever happens down the track they will be there for me.

“Walking out in front of 70,000 fans will be emotional but exciting at the same time, as I look to move into the next chapter of my career. 

“Sydney FC will always be in my heart no matter what and I will always bleed sky blue."

Sydney coach Graham Arnold lauded Necevski and hinted at a place at the club for the stalwart in the future.

The Sky Blues are searching for a goalkeeping coach after releasing Zeljko Kalac, who joined the Western Sydney Wanderers.

“Ivan has been a wonderful support to Vedran [Janjetovic] this season and I’m sure he will continue to play a role at this club," Arnold said.

“People with the integrity and passion that Ivan shows for the Sky Blues will always have a place in the heart of Sydney FC supporters.

"He has been a pleasure to work with and I’m sure it won’t be the last we see of Ivan at Sydney FC."