Western NSW product Rhyan Grant wants a threepeat of A-League titles with Sydney FC

GAME ON: Rhyan Grant celebrates winning the A-League grand final with Sydney FC last season. On Saturday evening, he'll get his new campaign underway against Wellington Phoenix in Wollongong. Photo: KEITH McINNES
GAME ON: Rhyan Grant celebrates winning the A-League grand final with Sydney FC last season. On Saturday evening, he'll get his new campaign underway against Wellington Phoenix in Wollongong. Photo: KEITH McINNES

Rhyan Grant has won the last two A-League titles with Sydney FC and the Canowindra native wants to make it three in a row come the end of the 2020-21 competition.

No team since the A-League's formation back in 2005 has won three titles in a row, with the last team to do so in any previous top-flight domestic competition being Sydney City (now known as Hakoah Sydney City East) in the old National Soccer League from 1980 to 1982.

In August, the Sky Blues became the second team in the A-League era to win back-to-back titles, after Brisbane Roar from 2011 to 2012.

"We've been pretty successful the past couple of years but nothing changes this year because like any team, we want to win the premiership and the championship," Grant said.

"That's definitely our goal and it would be nice to make some history and win it three in a row. At the minute, we're just looking forward to starting the season."

Grant ended the 2019-20 A-League competition on a high in the 1-0 grand final victory over Melbourne City, where he scored the winning goal off his chest deep into extra-time.

Since then, he travelled to Qatar to finish Sydney FC's AFC Champions League - where the Sky Blues failed to progress from their group - before spending two weeks in hotel quarantine on arrival back in Australia.

Sydney FC were originally meant to kick-off its new campaign on Wednesday, December 30, against Melbourne City, however, due to the coronavirus outbreak in the Northern Beaches, the NSW-Victorian border closed and the match was postponed.

The Sky Blues were rescheduled to face Wellington Phoenix on Saturday, January 2, with the side enjoying a 2-1 victory to kick off their season.

After a hectic couple of months, Grant's focus hasn't changed.

"Personally I don't think much changes for me," he said.

"I want to score a lot of goals, be a major part of this team and stay injury-free. Overall, I just want the team to do really well and for us to make history and go on and win another championship and premiership."

"There's another early derby [against Western Sydney Wanderers] too, which we always look forward to, not just us players but the fans love it too. It's another important game we make sure we win for our fans."

Sydney FC's week 3 fixture against Brisbane Roar has also been postponed due to the Northern Beaches, making their next game the derby against Western Sydney Wanderers on January 16.