Thompson’s future in doubt

Thompson’s future in doubt

By Bradley Jurd.

Fresh from his third A-League title, Melbourne Victory’s Archie Thompson’s future with the club is in limbo.

The former Bathurst Sportsperson of the Year is in negotiations with the Victory, with his mind very firmly fixed on staying.

“I don’t want to leave,” Thompson told Fox Sports.

“No way, not at the moment, but we’ll see what happens.”

Speaking at the media conference after Sunday’s Grand Final win, Victory coach Kevin Muscat said talks will be up-and-coming to re-sign Thompson.

“Archie will be treated with the utmost respect,” Muscat said.

“The conversation will be had this week … give us five minutes to enjoy tonight and then we’ll get through that.”

The ex-Bathurst ’75 footballer has made the record-most appearances for the Victory and has scored the most goals in the A-League with 89.

Thompson, who will be 37 at the start of next season, wants to remain at the Victory, but will play elsewhere if necessary.

“Of course, I want to play football, ideally I want to stay here, because I bleed blue, that’s the bottom line.”

Whatever happens with Thompson’s playing career in the coming weeks; the Bathurst product will remain a Melbourne Victory and A-League legend.

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