After announcing his retirement from professional football, Scott Jamieson still has one more championship to win.
After 311 appearances spanning 14 seasons in the A-League, Melbourne City defender Scott Jamieson has announced his retirement from professional football.
Five trophies, including three premierships, one championship, and one Australian Cup while experiencing the honour of wearing the captain’s armband will see him out as a City club icon.
Jamieson also encountered stints at Adelaide United, Sydney FC, Perth Glory, and the Western Sydney Wanderers as well as representing the Socceroos four times, where he was most admired for his tenacity, tackling, strength and IQ on the ball.
The 34-year-old will hang up the boots after Saturday’s Grand Final decider against the Central Coast Mariners, before accepting a role with the coaching staff under the guidance of manager Rado Vidošić.
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During a press conference at AAMI Park on Monday, Jamieson detailed his coaching pathway for the next phase of his journey.
“It will be with the men’s [team]. The role hasn’t been clearly identified yet and that will come to fruition over the next week after the grand final. An opportunity like that doesn’t come around often,” Jamieson said.
Over the years, strong relationships have been formed inside the four walls of the club with the likes of Jamie Maclaren and Matthew Leckie, but the full-back insists those connections will only serve as a benefit.
“I’ve got that relationship with them that I’ve had that kind of standoff that I’ve pulled everyone into line, so I don’t think it will be much of a different approach in regards to going into a coaching position.”
Last season, Western United caused one of the biggest upsets in A-League Men Grand Final history by getting the better of City, stripping away their championship after claiming it the year prior.
On top of wanting to rectify that defeat, Jamieson’s retirement could provide extra motivation from the playing group, but that narrative is being played down.
“I’m under no illusions just because it’s my final game that it gives us an edge, it gives us an advantage, it doesn’t,” Jamieson said.
“It would be a dream if it finished the way I’d like it to finish…but it doesn’t change the course of the game and it won’t change the outcome of the game or my decision, and I’m at ease with that.”
After achieving four straight Grand Final appearances and three consecutive premierships, there is no doubt that Melbourne City has demonstrated an entertaining and attacking brand of football.
Will that success translate into a dynasty? Jamieson is hoping to further cement that opinion against the Mariners.
“Money doesn’t buy you success. What gives you success and what gives you a chance to have success are the people inside the club and the day-to-day work ethic,” he said.
“I hope we are spoken in those conversations with those great teams in the NSL era and most recently the A-League era with the Brisbane Roar, but we have to win.”
Vidošić’s men will be aiming to send one of their heroes out on a high when they take on the Mariners at Sydney’s CommBank Stadium where they will look to add to their supremacy.
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