Brendon Santalab is glad that the final game of his career will come against old rivals Sydney FC in the A-League Grand Final.
Though the Perth Glory veteran did have a two-year stint with the Sky Blues that ended a decade ago, it's what he's done against Sydney FC since his return to the competition in 2013 that has been perhaps more memorable.
The 36-year-old will be hanging up his boots after Sunday's A-League decider at Optus Stadium, and Steve Corica's team are well aware of his potential to deny them the championship.
Santalab scored two winning goals in derbies against them during his time with Western Sydney Wanderers, whom he helped to win the 2014 Asian Champions League final.
Having followed coach Tony Popovic from Wanderers to Perth this season, he's been their nemesis again as he scored in a 3-1 win for the Glory in January.
"I've had some great battles with Sydney, and there's one last battle to go," he said. "There's some great memories from those games; the derbies were amazing, when I played at the Wanderers.
"But this season I scored against Sydney at home as well and we really dominated that game. If we can play like we did in that game, where we held a lot of the possession and pressed up high, we're going to be in a good position.
"We go into the game confident after a great season, and it's all about preparation and focus now. I'm predicting another crazy, epic match over in Perth."
Santalab, who was twice Western Sydney's leading scorer in a season, is likely to have a place on the bench in the Grand Final.
Perth Glory are 7/10 to win the Grand Final.
The Glory are 11/8 to win in 90 minutes, with Sydney FC 2/1 and the draw 12/5.
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