Glavas primed for derby

Luka Glavas

Luka Glavas

Luka Glavas

Luka Glavas

SYDNEY United 58 FC striker Luka Glavas is treating every game like it's his last — that's because it is.

The 29-year-old, who scored two goals in his final regular season game against Sutherland last week, announced his retirement last week but will still line up for his beloved Reds against Sydney FC in the FFA Cup round of 16.

"I'm pumped. It's going to be a grand occasion for the club. It will be pretty massive and hopefully there is a big crowd and we can do something special," said Glavas, who spent time with Sydney FC and Perth Glory in the A-League.

"There's a lot of us that played at Sydney FC and at the youth level and there are a couple of boys that used to play with us. So everyone is looking forward to it.

"It wasn't an easy decision to retire but the time was right. I didn't have the drive like I used to; I have other commitments and my family. It was a difficult decision but it was one I'm comfortable with."

Glavas will retire as the the club's all-time leading goal-scorer; a record previously held by Graham Arnold.

It's one of the many interesting storylines heading into the Sydney derby at Sydney United Sports Centre, that include former Sydney FC captain Mark Rudan, who will coach Sydney United, and former Reds keeper Vedran Janjetovic, who will play for the Sky Blue.

One story that is nearing its end is the famed No.11 for Sydney United.

Glavas, who used to watch Sydney United during the glory days with his dad, has played top-flight football for the Reds for more than 10 years.

He has been Mr Reliable in front of goals for Sydney United.

One of his most memorable moment came in the 2006 grand final where he netted all four goals in their championship win against Blacktown.

He also played a key role last year in United's charge to win the inaugural National Premier Leagues final series,

"The 2006 grand final was a standout because it had been so long since the club had won the grand final and scoring four goals is something I will always remember.

"I love playing for Sydney United. The club holds a special place in my heart it was here I fell in love with football."

So what's next for the former A-League striker?

"I want to spend more time with my family; my wife Ivanka and kids Oliver, Milan and Sofia. Training three times a week on top of work means I have spent a lot of time away and I want to be home to kick a soccer ball with them, " he said.

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