My return home started in typically disappointing fashion.
3 months out before a ball had been kicked in anger, what a surprise!
In my more pessimistic moments I find myself wondering if I am cursed.
In 12 years of professional football there has hardly been a year go by where I have not torn a hamstring! The poor things are hanging by a thread! Is it poor preparation? Poor management or just bad luck?
Some things we'll never know I suppose.
Despite my slow start it turned out to be a good year for both myself & the club.
Only the 14 league games but a very respectable average rating of 7.35 as well as 3 run outs in the FFA Cup, 6 appearances in the Asian Champions League &, more importantly, a recall to the national squad!
Honestly I thought my days representing my country were done when I returned back to Australia but obviously it pays to be close to home!
My game is far from its best but its not always how good you are but who you impress that counts I suppose.
As expected, the Victory once again proved to be a formidable proposition in the A-League.
The regular season saw us finish in second place behind the Central Coast Mariners, who were superb all year.
The finals series saw even more joy for the club as we steam rolled our way past Adelaide United to contest the final against surprise packets, the Newcastle Jets.
Unfortunately it wasn't to be our year as the Jets continued their impressive run to end our title dreams.
I wasn't there though but not for the reasons you might expect.....