Australian Football: Miranda ready to lead the way
Melbourne Victory new boy Roderick Miranda is ready to captain the side once again if Josh Brillante misses out against Brisbane Roar on Sunday.
Victory are priced at 5.50 to win the 2021/22 A-League grand final and got the season off to a perfect start with a 1-0 win over Western United.
Club captain Brillante missed the win with a hamstring injury and coach Tony Popovic handed the armband to vice-captain Miranda in his first game for Victory.
He lead by example with a fine performance and the winning goal and will be happy to do the same again if Brillante sits out the Roar clash.
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"Of course I hope Josh plays this weekend. He's a very good player, he's very important for us, he's our captain," Miranda told reporters on Thursday. "That decision is for the boss not for me, but I hope everybody will be fit.
'It was an honour of course. I arrived here a few weeks (ago) and (to be given) the armband, I was delighted for that. But that's not the most important, the most important now is to focus on our next game."
Fight for the cause
The 30-year-old is loving life at Victory and is ready to put his body on the line to help the club achieve their goals for the season.
"I will give my heart, I will do my maximum to help the team," he added. "If we need to score a goal or I need to put my head (in the way) to stop a goal.
"I'm here for Melbourne Victory, me and everybody in the locker room. We are here to fight each game for the three points."