April 01, 2015 13:16:16 UK
Jacques Faty has vowed to kick on from his impressive display in Sydney FC’s 3-0 win away to leaders Wellington Phoenix at the weekend.
The victory extended the Sky Blues unbeaten record away from home this season and brought them to within a point of the Phoenix.
The Senegal international struck at an important time for the visitors, just after Wellington had gone close to taking an early lead.
He broke the deadlock on nine minutes with a good finish, controlling the ball on his thigh before lashing his shot past keeper Glen Moss.
It was Faty’s first game back after a hamstring strain, and the 31-year-old praised coach Graham Arnold for not rushing him back into action.
“I promise you this has not been my best football yet – I have much higher levels and I want to show people what I can do and how well I can play,” he said.
“I have more to give in myself and for my team and that’s going to come out in the next few weeks.”
The former Rennes and Marseille defender was brought in as an injury replacement for Sasa Ognenovski, with his cousin Mickael Tavares also signing a similar deal with the Sky Blues, who are 4.50 to win the Grand Final.
The pair will be out of contract at the end of this season, but Faty hopes they will be able to persuade Arnold to add them to his squad for 2015-16.
He said they had had offers from clubs in Europe, and from China where he played previously with Wuhan Zall, but their preference was to stay with Sydney.
“I think the ball is in the court of Sydney FC and the manager, if he wants me,” added Faty. “What I want for now is to play these last games as well as I can – the four rounds and the playoffs – and to see what we can do.”
Sydney FC are 2.30 to win their next game against Adelaide United, who are 3.00 with the draw 3.40.
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