Championship-winning defender departs

Brisbane Roar Football Club can today confirm the departure of Championship winning defender Jade North.

The 41-time former Socceroo, joined Brisbane during the Hyundai A-League 2012/13 season and went on to play 115 games for the Club over the past six seasons.

“I’d like to say thank you to everyone at the Club for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to be part of such a special Club,” North said on Thursday morning.

“To the boys, I’d like to wish them good luck in the future and I believe this talented group has the potential to be successful in the years ahead.

“From the kit man, to the football department, along with our dedicated administration, I’d like to say thank you for your hard work.

“I’ll never forget our passionate fans and winning that 2013/14 Championship at Suncorp Stadium against the Wanderers in front of a sea of orange.

“Queensland has embraced my family and I by always making us feel at home. I’m not sure what my short-term future holds, but as one door closes another one opens.”

Taree-born North, began his National Soccer League career at the Brisbane Strikers in 1998. The no-nonsense defender played in club competitions across Europe and Asia as well as representing Australia for over ten years.  

Following today’s announcement, Head Coach John Aloisi was full of praise for North’s contribution to the Roar and football in Australia.

“Jade’o is a Club legend who has achieved everything as a footballer. He is a leader both on and off the field and on behalf of the BRFC family I’d like to thank him for his hard work and contribution over the past six seasons,” Aloisi said.

“As a former teammate and having the pleasure to coach Jade, he is an outstanding defender and a top professional. I’d like to wish him the best of luck with his future endeavours.”

“Winning a Championship and being such an invaluable member of our Club over the last six seasons, I’m sure Jade will hold a special place in the hearts of our fans.”