Petratos heads south at season's end for family reasons

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After four successful seasons in Brisbane, attacking midfielder Dimitri Petratos will leave the Roar at the end of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 campaign.

A Championship winner with BRFC, Petratos, who has made 92 appearances for the Club will return to New South Wales at season’s end to be closer to his family.

Petratos is sad to leave Brisbane, but is determined to help the team have success over the coming months.

“I have loved every minute of my time at the Roar,” Petratos said.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Club, coaching staff, my teammates and our fans for the fantastic support I have always received.

“With my future sorted, the focus is now to contribute on the field and help Brisbane be successful this season.”

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Following an open and honest discussion a number of months ago, BRFC were aware of Dimi’s desire to return to NSW at the end of his contract to be closer to Sydney-based family.

Petratos will join Newcastle Jets for the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season on a three-year contract.

Disappointed to lose such a talented footballer, Head Coach John Aloisi was confident Petratos has a big part to play over the coming months.

“We understand the situation and are pleased that Dimi can be closer to his family which is important for his happiness,” Aloisi said.

“After speaking with him, it is clear that he remains committed to Brisbane. I am sure he will continue to perform at a high standard and be an important player for our team in the coming months.”