Following the conclusion of the 2018-19 Hyundai A-League season Melbourne City FC has announced the retirement of Eugene Galekovic, the return to their home clubs of Ritchie De Laet, Shay Harrison and Riley McGree and the release of Iacopo La Rocca and James Delianov.
The Club has focused on squad consistency and stability, with a large number of senior players and exciting youth prospects retained for next season and beyond. On-loan players Dean Bouzanis and Denis Genreau – both currently playing in the Netherlands for PEC Zwolle – are also due to return to Melbourne.
37-year old Galekovic exits at the top of his game having just been awarded Melbourne City FC’s Player of the Year after registering nine clean sheets for the season – the second most in the league.
Galekovic achieved 288 appearances in the A-League – the most capped goalkeeper since the league began – as well as playing in the Asian Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup. Galekovic also registered eight appearances for the Socceroos.
During his illustrious career, the Melbourne-born shot-stopper has won A-League Goalkeeper of the Year four times (the most by one player) and featured in the PFA Team of the Year five times.
“I’m sad to call it a day but proud of my career and what I have achieved,” said Galekovic.
“Thanks to my parents for giving me the opportunity from a young age to realise my dreams and thanks to my partner who has supported me in my journey.
“These past two season at City have been very rewarding and I’ve enjoyed sharing my experience and helping along the younger players. There is a lot of talent in the ranks at City and I’m sure success is just around the corner.”
All at Melbourne City FC thank departing players for their contribution and professionalism during their time with the Club and wishes them well for the future.
Melbourne City FC also wishes to congratulate Eugene on a long and successful career and wishes him well in retirement.
Melbourne City FC Director of Football, Michael Petrillo said:
“Eugene retires as one of the most decorated and capped Australian goalkeepers of a generation. His mentorship of our younger players over the past two seasons will have benefits for years to come.”
“We thank Eugene for his time at City and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”