Rhyan Grant expected to start for Sydney FC in FFA Cup decider

Rhyan Grant is expected to start for Sydney FC in Wednesday night’s FFA Cup final against Melbourne City, as his club looks for their first trophy since 2010.

Rhyan Grant

Rhyan Grant

Grant was a part of the last success for the Sky Blues, in the 2010 A-League Grand Final win over Melbourne Victory.

If Sydney FC want to collect the silverware, they must do the same as they did in their most recent grand final win – defeat a Melbourne club in their own stadium.

Grant said he is “stoked” to make final, saying it has been a long time since the club’s last trophy. 

Melbourne City will host the final at AAMI Park.

The host venue caused quite a stir in the footballing community after it was announced, but the former Bathurst ‘75 Western representative said he is not concerned where the game is played.

“At Sydney it would have been easier, but it’s a good stadium in Melbourne and a good pitch to play on,” Grant said.

“I’m not fussed [where the final is played] and we can’t do much about it.

“It would be great to get the win in front of their fans.” 

Grant’s Sydney FC side currently remain undefeated from eight games in the A-League.

“We’re in good form and we’ve got to continue it, but we’ll take each game as it comes,” he said. 

The FFA Cup has presented some challenging games for the Sky Blues, but Grant’s side has managed to overcome the Wollongong Wolves, Perth Glory, Blacktown City and Canberra Olympic en route to the final.

“The FFA Cup has been a massive initiative for other clubs in Australia,” Grant said.

“It’s been good for football and some of the clubs have given us a run.”

The Western NSW Mariners came within one game of making the last 32 of the FFA Cup in 2015 and Grant said it would be “freakish” if he could come up against the Central West representative team with Sydney FC, one day in the future.