There is no better feeling than walking out on the pitch on the biggest day of the A-League season in front of your own fans.
It’s a feeling unlike any other in Australian domestic football and is one that Sydney FC will have the pleasure of experiencing at home next weekend for the first time since 2006.
I was lucky enough to be playing with the Sky Blues on that day more than a decade ago.
Current Wolves goalkeeper Justin Pasfield was in the squad that day too.
It remains a moment I cherish to this day and I expect Sydney FC’s players will have a similar experience when they step up against Melbourne Victory at Allianz Arena.
To have more than 40,000 people in your corner is a huge advantage.
It can be like having an extra man at times, which definitely proved to be the case when we edged out Central Coast Mariners 1-0 back in 2006.
Sydney will be hoping they can get the same lift from their home fans when they attempt to complete what’s been a remarkable campaign in the decider.
They will undoubtedly go into this year’s final as deserved favourites after already completing the best regular season in A-League history.
But they will meet a worthy opponent in the Victory, who showed their class with a 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar in their semi-final on Sunday.
The two clubs have already met in the A-League decider twice in their history, with Sydney winning the first and Melbourne back in 2015.
I’ve got no doubts the Sky Blues will want to avenge that loss two seasons ago and put the cherry on top of what has been another thrilling season.