My Per­fect XI: Alex Wilkin­son

The Soc­ceroo and for­mer Cen­tral Coast Mariner turned Syd­ney FC veteran has a star-stud­ded line-up from his World Cup ad­ven­ture

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‘When I played with him at the Mariners he was ob­vi­ously just com­ing back from be­ing a Soc­ceroo and I was pretty young, so to have some­one like that to learn from and men­tor me was good. I was about 22 and he was ob­vi­ously some­one who had played at the high­est level and who I hugely re­spected al­ready, so it was great to have him be­come a team­mate and a good friend.’


‘I re­mem­ber in the World Cup and he came off the bench with about 30 min­utes to go and he was just un­touch­able – you couldn’t get the ball off him and he was ev­ery­where. We’d be try­ing to press and try­ing to shut him down and he just made foot­ball look so sim­ple.’


‘I was there when he first came through at the Mariners from play­ing part-time foot­ball and you could tell that he had some­thing spe­cial from day one. Now he’s ob­vi­ously over at Celtic but he’s only played four years or so of pro­fes­sional foot­ball. The kid can be any­thing – with the ball he’s un­be­liev­able and he’s still got so much im­prove­ment in him. I’m ex­cited to see what level he can get to.’

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