Fornaroli desperate for team success

Melbourne City's Bruno Fornaroli poses with the Hyundai A-League Championship Trophy. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images.
Melbourne City's Bruno Fornaroli poses with the Hyundai A-League Championship Trophy. Photo: Michael Dodge/Getty Images.

Melbourne City's Golden Boot winner Bruno Fornaroli said claiming such a prestigious award would mean nothing if his team could not beat Perth in the A-League elimination final at AAMI Park tomorrow.

The Uruguayan import has been a revelation, with 23 goals in 27 matches - the most goals by an individual in a season.

Reports suggest he is set to triple his current earnings of less than $250,000 per season, with City set to offer him a multi-year deal.

Fornaroli's focus, however, was on his team progressing to next week's grand-final qualifiers.

"I worked hard for this but when you score 23 goals and don't win the league, it's different," he said.

"You don't enjoy it if you don't win the league.

"When I came I said I wanted to win the league and I have the opportunity to go for this dream."

City's task got tougher with the suspension of fellow star attacking import Harry Novillo this week.

James Brown comes into the extended squad for the hosts, alongside Aaron Hughes and Ben Garuccio, with coach John van't Schip to decide his final team 90 minutes before kick-off.

The Glory have two big inclusions, Diego Castro and Chris Harold.

Castro is in line to win the Johnny Warren Medal, while City midfielder Aaron Mooy has created a chance with 20.2 touches this season - the most of anyone who's played at least 15 games.

There have been 15 goals scored in the past three games between these sides, with a win each and a draw.



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