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My A-League confidence was down: Holosko

NZN 23/12/2016 Emma Kemp

If it was up to Filip Holosko, he'd have already drafted himself a contract extension to stay at Sydney FC next A-League season.

But the million-dollar marquee winger knows the most control he wields over his playing future is on the pitch - and that's where he's determined to rediscover his full capacity.

Holosko scored 10 goals for the Sky Blues in his first campaign, despite the glamour club's dreadful domestic results and his own struggles adjusting to Australia's hard pitches.

Two games into his second stint, he had a league-high three goals and looked to be off to a blinder as he rekindled his successful attacking partnership with former Besiktas teammate Bobo.

Yet seven games passed before the 32-year-old Slovakian international found the net again, a barren spell that dented his self belief and seeped into other elements of his game.

Holosko finally broke his goal drought in Perth last weekend, scoring Sydney's second in their 4-1 shellacking of the Glory - the table-topping team's eighth win and 11th undefeated.

Now, he hopes the floodgates are open.

"If you don't score in seven games, maybe your confidence is a little bit down," Holosko said.

"It's very important for me that every game I have chances, but I need to score and everybody expects me to score the goals.

"I try my best all the time, put in 100 per cent, and I'm very happy I scored now.

"It was a beautiful goal with the head - it was not easy to score like this.

"My confidence is a little bit higher again and I believe more goals will come."

Should he succeed, the aim is to stay in Australia - ideally under newly re-signed Sky Blues coach Graham Arnold - beyond the end of June when his two-year contract expires.

"I'm happy here in Australia and so is my family, so we will see," Holosko said.

"If I play good, maybe I have some offer from Sydney or some other club.

"But if you don't play good, you go home."

While thoughts of his future hover in the back of his mind, the primary focus is on helping his team win a first trophy in seven seasons.

As Sydney prepared to travel to Adelaide on Boxing Day to face the lowly Reds, Holosko declared rivals were feeling the mental impact of Sydney's seven-point lead at the summit.

"I feel now that every team wants to beat Sydney FC," he said.

"I watched Perth's (2-1 loss) against Newcastle Jets last week and they gave maybe 50 per cent more against us because they wanted to beat us."

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