Sydney FC’s new Killer Bs – Bernie and Brosque

They are Sydney FC’s new “Killer Bs’ back to supercharge the club’s return to the Hyundai A-League Finals Series in season 2016/17.

The Sky Blues are looking to make up for a forgettable campaign last season, where they missed the Finals Series just a year after playing in the Hyundai A-League grand final.

And it’s the presence of winger Bernie Ibini and inspirational skipper Alex Brosque that has coach Graham Arnold confident of a Sky Blue resurgence this season.

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Ibini was a smash-hit for Sydney two seasons ago, scoring seven goals and providing three assists as his pace tore opposition sides to shreds.

Bernie Ibini has signed a season-long loan deal with Sydney FC.

Those performances earned the 23-year-old a move to Belgian side Club Brugge, but a broken leg in pre-season saw him miss the entire campaign.

Now back at Sydney FC on loan, Arnold has seen enough from the Nigerian-born flyer to suggest he’ll be back to his best this season.

“We’ve got a great medical team and they’ve done miracles with [Ibini] already,” Arnold told

“Watching him at training flying down the wing and getting crosses in, I think he’s actually got faster and he’s definitely bigger than what he was when he left.

“He was brilliant for us before he left and I think he’s going to be a great attribute again.”

As will Brosque according to the Sydney FC boss.

The 32-year-old suffered a serious hamstring injury which blighted last season and also threatened his career but after successful surgery and a long rehabilitation process, he’s signed on for another year.

Alex Brosque is set to return from injury against Perth Glory.

It’s a huge relief for Arnold, who believes Brosque’s absence in the second half of last season was a significant factor in the side’s free-fall down the ladder.

“People underestimate what a big loss Alex Brosque was. The difference between coming seventh and the top three was Alex Brosque,” Arnold said of his skipper.

“You lose your main goal-scorer, you lose your captain, you lose your leader, no team in the A-League can afford that.

“If you took Jamie Maclaren out of Brisbane, [Besart] Berisha out of Victory, [Bruno] Fornaroli out of Melbourne City, the same thing would happen and that happened to us last year.

Alex Brosque celebrates his exquisite back-heel goal against Adelaide.

“Alex Brosque wasn’t happy the way last season went so we were able to get him, a marquee player, inside the cap because he loves Sydney FC so much. That says a lot about him.

“So with Brosquey and Bernie we have a lot of pace this year.”