Jets' Topor-Stanley out to rewrite history

Emma Kemp
Newcastle's Nikolai Topor-Stanley is itching for a fourth shot at an A-League grand final

If ever a player had unfinished A-League business, it's Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

Three times, the central defender played in the grand final for Western Sydney and, on each occasion, he walked away on the losing end.

In his first season back with former club Newcastle, the 33-year-old is one match away from another decider.

With only Melbourne City standing in his way on Friday night, he admits the thought has featured prominently this week.

"Yeah, you could put it that way after being on the loser's side three times," Topor-Stanley said.

"But I'm not getting ahead of myself either. It's a semi-final and I wouldn't be so arrogant to do that."

The numbers favour City ahead of the semi-final showdown, with the Melbourne outfit undefeated in their past four games against the Jets and having won seven of their past 11 meetings.

This season, Warren Joyce's men have one draw and two wins, including a 3-0 victory this month at McDonald Jones Stadium during the Jets' mini-slump.

But Topor-Stanley said experience had taught him to cast aside history on the finals stage.

"The longer you go through your career, the less you look at things like that," he said.

"It's another game, another opportunity to rewrite those books.

"We're at home in a semi-final and we're not going to take a backward step."