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Melbourne Victory's Carl Valeri not 'caught up in the emotions' of retirement

Expect steely inward focus and no outward shows of emotion from retiring Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri when he starts his last A-League finals campaign later this week.

The 34-year-old former Socceroo midfielder announced earlier this month he would finish up at the end of Victory's 2018-19 campaign.

Before that happens Valeri wants to reach a fourth Grand Final and win a third championship in his five-season stint with the Victorian glamour club.

His quest continues on Friday at Melbourne's...


Lawrence Thomas, Leigh Broxham, Carl Valeri extend Melbourne Victory deals

Grand Final hero Lawrence Thomas is among three Melbourne Victory stars to sign new deals with the A-League club.

Goalkeeper Thomas -- the winner of the Joe Marston Medal as best player afield in the Victory's Grand Final triumph over Newcastle on May 5 -- has agreed to a two-year contract.

Club stalwarts Leigh Broxham and Carl Valeri have secured one-year extensions.

"In Carl, Leigh and Lawrence we have somewhere near 500 games of experience [for Melbourne Victory], so it was important to keep...

Melbourne Victory have no worries about midfield depth - Carl Valeri

Melbourne Victory skipper Carl Valeri is confident a lack of midfield depth won't haunt the A-League title hopefuls during the finals series.

An assessment of Victory's squad leading into Sunday's crunch semifinal with Brisbane Roar suggests there's no room for injury or illness among the club's midfielders.

A defensive trio of Alan Baro, Nick Ansell and James Donachie have shared centre-back duties all season, with Leigh Broxham providing support for first-choice full backs Jason Geria and Daniel...

Carl Valeri admits Sydney FC have the edge over Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory skipper Carl Valeri admits runaway A-League leaders Sydney FC hold a mental edge over his side.

The Sky Blues have beaten Victory three times in three meetings this season, most recently in last Friday's 1-0 defeat at Allianz Stadium, to sit 11 points clear on top of the table.

Sydney coach Graham Arnold believes that record will give his side a mental advantage heading into the finals series.

"He's right -- he's beaten us three times," said Valeri, who signed a one-year contract...

Big Blue is Victory's 'last throw of the dice' for A-League title - Carl Valeri

Sydney FC know the pressure is on ahead of the A-League's final Big Blue of regular season -- they're just not the ones carrying the load.

For their fierce interstate rivals Melbourne Victory, it will be all or nothing on Friday night if they're to remain a shot at the Premiers' Plate.

The Sky Blues, back to customary winning ways with a 3-1 defeat of Melbourne City, sit eight points clear at the top with six regular-season games remaining.

Should the tearaway leaders, on 50 points, win at Allianz...

Carl Valeri wants Melbourne City to focus one game at a time

Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri has warned against obsessing over the A-League ladder or fixture-gazing as the club enters a crucial fortnight.

Victory will have two shots to make up ground on Sydney FC -- a game against the Wellington Phoenix this Tuesday and a meeting with the Sky Blues on Australia Day.

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Before that is a trip to Perth Glory, and Friday night's visit of Brisbane Roar.

It's four games in 14 days that will have a crucial bearing on Victory's season and Valeri believes it's...