Message From The CEO - Player Farewell

The 2011/12 season has certainly been one which upon reflection heralded quite a breakthrough for Melbourne Heart FC.

The 2011/12 season has certainly been one which upon reflection heralded quite a breakthrough for Melbourne Heart FC.

While we are undoubtedly disappointed by the nature of our Hyundai A-League Finals Series exit, the team is unquestionably richer, and better placed for the experience, given it now knows what it takes to compete once the competition reaches crunch time.

Our achievement though this season hasn-t been one marked by individual effort, but that of the collective banding together to motivate, inspire and drive each other to greater heights.

Every member of the playing squad has a role to play in the establishment of such a culture, each contributing in both tangible and intangible ways to the overall fabric of the Club.

In football though, nothing is ever finite, and it is on this note we today confirm the departure of seven members of our Hyundai A-League squad.

All seven individuals - Rutger Worm, Alex Terra, Kristian Sarkies, Kamal Ibrahim, Kliment Taseski, Maycon and Nikola Roganovic - have each left an imprint on the Club in their own unique way, making contributions which extend simply beyond the field.

Our General Manager of Football Operations, John Didulica has paid tribute to each of the departing seven for the way in which they composed themselves both as footballers and individuals throughout their time at the Club:

Rutger Worm ‘We thank Rutger for taking a chance on a new club on the other side of the world and being a superb ambassador for the club at all times.-

Alex Terra ‘A real gentleman and a player who helped shaped the authentic character of the team. His smile and spectacular goals (in two derbies and against Perth) won-t be forgotten in a hurry.-

Kristian Sarkies ‘Sadly for Kristian he came to us with a broken leg which meant other players were able to move ahead of him and limit his match time. An excellent character to have around the club and we hope he can continue his career elsewhere in the A-League.-

Kamal Ibrahim ‘Highly-skilled young player who had limited match time but was always exemplary when representing the club, particularly within the club-s community program.-

Kliment Taseski ‘Unfortunately got injured early this season which limited his opportunity. Always a great trainer and contributor off the field, we wish Kliment well in combining his law degree with a professional career.-

Maycon ‘Always brought a positive energy to training which resonated throughout the club. We wish him well on his move to Malaysia, which starts next week.-

Nikola Roganovic ‘Worked hard in difficult circumstances and embraced the opportunity to work as a professional. With his commitment, we hope he can earn another opportunity.-

I-m sure you all join me in wishing the boys luck as they continue their football journey in the months and years to come.