July 13, 2010
Melbourne Heart’s inaugural captain Simon Colosimo has pledged to lead the new A-League club with his heart on his sleeve.
“I have the passion and desire to succeed at this club,” Colosimo told AAP.
Colosimo, along with Josip Skoko, John Aloisi, Kliment Taseski and Matt Thompson, will form the leadership group with the latter appointed as club vice-captain.
“You could name 12 players in it (leadership group) if you really wanted,” the skipper said.
“One of the great things that we have here – and it was a big point in recruiting – is that every single player is a leader in their own right, even the younger boys in the A-League for the first time.
“We’re ultimately going to be judged on results and performances and we need to be on top of them knowing that it’s part and parcel of playing football that you can have a bad day.”
The 31-year-old Colosimo has amassed 26 international caps and played club football in Turkey, Malaysia and England.
He is a former captain of Perth Glory and was also a key member of the Sydney FC squad which won last season’s A-League crown.
“Our main focus this year is winning more games than we lose rather than playing finals football,” Colosimo said.
“Anything can happen – Gold Coast weren’t far away last season either.
“With most team sports here in Australia it’s all about making the finals and having a good go.”
Colosimo praised the Heart’s coaching staff – which consists of head coach John van’t Schip and assistants Jesper Olsen and Ante Milicic – for their attention to detail.
“You’re talking about three of the most passionate football people you’ll find around,” he said.
“Every aspect in training needs to be done with perfection – on and off the field.”
The Heart play English giants Everton in a high-profile friendly at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.
© 2010 AAP