Roar say goodbye to Murdocca

Brisbane Roar has granted long-serving club stalwart Massimo Murdocca a release on the final year of his contract after the midfielder requested a move away from Brisbane to be closer to his family in Melbourne.

Brisbane Roar has granted long-serving club stalwart Massimo Murdocca a release on the final year of his contract after the midfielder requested a move away from Brisbane to be closer to his family in Melbourne.

Murdocca, the Roar-s only remaining foundation player, will return to his hometown with wife Michelle and one-year-old daughter Allesandra after eight years in the Queensland capital.

The pint-sized midfielder played more games for Brisbane than any other player - he made 162 Hyundai A-League appearances in the orange jersey - and was a firm fan favourite with the club-s loyal supporter base.

“It-s with a heavy heart we say goodbye to Massimo but we know it-s for the right reasons,” Managing Director Sean Dobson said.

“His record speaks for itself and to be the most capped Brisbane Roar player in club history is testament to his commitment and professionalism.

“Massimo has had to overcome some serious injuries in his time at the club and the fact he has always returned to play at the top level is an indication of the tenacity and determination he has displayed throughout his playing career to-date.

“Massimo has been a great ambassador for this club over the past eight years and while we wanted him to stay on with the Roar, we wish him and his family all the best in Melbourne.”

Murdocca has already made the move south but Brisbane Roar is hoping to give fans the opportunity to thank Murdocca in person and will advise of details when they are available.