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Postecoglou hails Thompson's career

  • Postecoglou hails Thompson's career

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: Kevin Muscat (L) assistant coach and Ange Postecoglou, head coach of the Victory look on as Archie Thompson of the Victory passes the ball during the round three A-League match between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar at Etihad Stadium on October 25, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has thrown his support behind Archie Thompson's plans to play on beyond his Melbourne Victory career.

Thompson's time at Victory ends this month, with a final home match on Tuesday night in the Asian Champions League against Jeonbuk Motors.

The 37-year-old hasn't been offered a new deal to stay at the club where he has become the A-League's record scorer but has made his intentions to play on clear.

Postecoglou, who coached the striker during his spell in charge of Victory, said the issue for Thompson wouldn't be his ability but finding a new home.

"If he wants to play on, he should. You're a long time retired," he said.

"It's not so much about Archie, it's about how other people see it.

"If he still feels like he can go another year or another couple of years he should and it's up to clubs to see how that fits in with their overall philosophy."

Thompson, who last played with the Socceroos in 2013, also leaves behind a stunning international record.

His haul of 13 goals against American Samoa in 2001 still stands as the world record in an international match and Postecoglou said his longevity and achievements didn't surprise him.

"He'll go out there tonight and he's probably score tonight. It says everything about him.

"He's an amazing A-League story. Very much one of the key players - if not the key player - in the journey of the A-League ... and he's getting a proper send-off."

The former Victory coach is eager to see his old side and Sydney FC continue to progress through the competition to continue playing against top-quality continental opponents.

"Guys like (Jason Geria) and Oli Bozanic and others, the more exposure they get ... it's important," he said.

"It'd be great to see another Aussie team lift the trophy."

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