Sydney United 58 defender Ibrahim Haydar is hoping to bring the glory days back to his new club.
Haydar, 25, made a mid-season transfer from Sydney Olympic to join the Edensor Park side last week.
“Sydney United is a massive club and I am more than happy to be here,’’ he said.
“They have welcomed me with open arms and I am really looking forward to a big second half of the season.
“I’ve played with a few of the current players like Chris Triantis and Robbie Mileski.
“They are top notch players and I am really looking forward to linking up with them for the remainder of the season.’’
The centre-back has won titles with Sydney FC’s youth team and Sydney Olympic in the past few seasons.
After learning from several senior players in his younger years, Haydar is aiming to pass on his knowledge.
“I was lucky enough to be in teams that won the competition and I learnt a lot of things from all the senior players I came across with,’’ he said.
“I am just hoping I can pass on a bit of that experience to the younger boys that we have here at Sydney United.
“Looking across the park there is so much talent with these young boys and I’ve got a bit of experience so hopefully it rubs off on them.’’
Despite having great experience in the IGA NSW National Premier Leagues Mens 1 competition having played with the Bankstown City Lions and Sydney Olympic previously, Haydar said the lure of being coached by Mark Rudan was too hard a offer to refuse.
“I was more than happy to come across especially with Mark here being a former centre back as well,’’ he said.
“I am only 25, I still feel as if I’ve got a lot to learn and he is a coach that can teach me a lot.
“In training sessions you listen to a few things he says and it is stuff you have never heard before so I take it on board.
“The minute you think you know everything in football you start going downhill so I am always willing to learn.’’
Sydney United 58 sits in fourth position on the ladder and are a good chance for a title tilt in 2013.
After his brother Ali won the competition with the Marconi Stallions last season the brothers have one title each.
But Ibrahim has already sent a message to his brother for the years to come.
“At the beginning of the season I told my brother that he won one and I’ve won one,’’ he said.
“But I promised him by the end of our careers that I would have more trophies than him and I stand by that.’’
-By Chris Georges