Virtually 10 years after arriving in Australia for a deliberate seven-month keep, Besart Berisha nonetheless cannot cease ticking off large scoring milestones within the A-League.
On Saturday night, the veteran striker – already the A-League’s all-time prime scorer – scored his 137th and 138th targets to assist Western United to a 4-1 win over Macarthur FC.
Within the course of, Berisha drew stage with, then overtook Rod Brown to snare outright second place on the all-time Australian nationwide league scorers’ listing, behind solely Damian Mori (240).
“Being second in all Australia, that is one thing actually particular,” Berisha mentioned.
“I am very grateful and, to be trustworthy, it is exhausting to at all times think about that I can do that as a result of after I got here right here, truthfully I got here for a seven-month contract.
“I did not know that I used to be gonna be right here so lengthy and I am so grateful.
“I discovered pleasure in Australia, within the A-League, and that is why I am nonetheless right here and I am actually grateful and actually humbled to attain so successful.”
Bar a brief stint in Japan in 2018, the A-League has been dwelling for Berisha since he departed German membership Arminia Bielefeld for Brisbane in 2011.
Now 35, the previous Kosovo worldwide has misplaced the explosive tempo of his youthful days, however nonetheless has the workrate, competitiveness and goal-poaching nous to be an ever-present menace.
Berisha went scoreless for the primary 4 video games of this season however drew upon an analogous state of affairs he’d confronted whereas enjoying underneath Ange Postecoglou at Brisbane.
“(Postecoglou) simply mentioned one factor. ‘Belief me, please put the work in, hold doing (it), don’t cease – the second you cease, that is it’,” Berisha mentioned.
“I’m attempting now, at all times since then additionally, to observe this type of rhythm, this intuition, the stability – to maintain going, do the suitable factor in coaching, hold the give attention to and the targets will observe.
“I am joyful that it did not let me down as a result of as a striker, I get counted on that (targets).”
In his twilight years, Berisha has relished a late-career link-up with United skipper and attacking maestro Alessandro Diamanti, who he describes as a “magician”.
“I needn’t discuss to him, to shout at him. I do know the ball will simply come. I simply have to do my runs, and that is wonderful,” he mentioned.
“Truthfully, that is the way in which I felt at instances in Brisbane with Thomas Broich.”
Now, after 4 A-League championships – two apiece at Brisbane and Melbourne Victory – Berisha nonetheless has sights on yet one more achievement: snaring one other title at his third Australian membership.
“This staff can do it,” he mentioned.
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