Melbourne Victory’s ‘Mr. Reliable’ is set to achieve yet another milestone.
Leigh Broxham, a Club great, is in line to make his 350th Isuzu UTE A-League appearance in Wednesday’s clash against Western United at AAMI Park.
The two-time Victory Medallist will become the third player to achieve that feat in the competition’s history, after Andrew Durante and Nikolai Topor-Stanley.
But, he will be the first to manage it for a single Club, having spent his entire career at Victory.
Broxham has gone from kit man to Club great, winning four Championships and three Premierships, plus two Australia Cup crowns.
The 34-year-old has been an ever-present for Victory – his versatility, reliability and consistency shining through.
With a minimum of fuss, Broxham has continued to perform for Victory, earning the backing of numerous coaches.
And, he has filled gaps as required, from defence to midfield and back again from one week to the next.
With squads limited by size and the salary cap in the Isuzu UTE A-League, the value of a player as versatile, reliable and consistent as Broxham cannot be overstated.
Prior to this season, in which he has already featured in 13 league games, Broxham has remarkably played at least 21 matches in each of the previous 12 campaigns.
That is a credit to Broxham’s professionalism and readiness to do what is required for his team.
A one-time Socceroo, Broxham has helped Victory deliver all nine of its honours, scoring a fairytale goal to seal the 2015 Grand Final win over Sydney FC.
Typically moved around, Broxham finished the season at right-back, including starting the decider in front of a rocking AAMI Park.
Not only did Broxham help Victory keep a clean sheet, he powered in a finish at Vedran Janjetovic’s near post to seal the win in the 90th minute.
It was only fitting that Broxham struck a dream goal in one of the Club’s most memorable games – a Grand Final win at AAMI Park against a rival.
For all the ups and downs, Broxham has been there – ready to perform, whenever and wherever required.