Tatura’s finest sporting product Vince Lia’s A-League is not done yet, after the cultured midfielder penned a one-year extension with Adelaide United.
Lia, 34, will play a third season with the Reds, having joined the reigning FFA Cup champion in 2017 after more than 200 A-League games with Melbourne Victory and Wellington.
Securing Lia’s services was one of new Adelaide football director Bruce Djite’s first moves, along with re-signing youngster Lachlan Brook.
‘‘Retaining both Vince and Lachlan was very important for us,’’ Djite said on the club’s website.
‘‘Vince’s vast experience in the A-League goes far-beyond his quality on the pitch, his leadership in and around the changeroom is priceless.’’
Lia reached the 250-game milestone in April, telling the News at the time he felt his work-rate and desire to do a job for his club had brought his longevity in Australia’s best football league.
‘‘There’s been a lot of players come and go with more talent than me, so it just shows that talent only gets you so far,’’ he said.
‘‘My strengths are my work-rate, attitude and professionalism, which are things coaches like.
‘‘I’ve had to adapt to new clubs, new coaches and new styles of play, you need to be able to adapt and keep learning.’’
Lia will be hoping next season can bring his maiden A-League title, having scored a penalty during United’s heart-breaking shootout loss to Perth in this season’s preliminary final.