After seven seasons, multiple A-League Men titles and a lasting legacy, Sydney FC legend Milos Ninkovic has departed the club.
Ninkovic announced his departure on his Instagram almost three weeks ago, thanking supporters for the support along the journey. The Serbian import won three Championships, three Premierships and an FFA Cup with the Sky Blues alongside two Johnny Warren medals and one Alex Tobin award.
The club has stated that they had offered Milos a new deal, with a new playing contract and a future role in player and game development.
Sydney FC Adam Santo spoke on Milos’ departure.
“Milos is a legend of our club and we spent a number of weeks talking to him, in the hope he would continue to play a role in our future.
“We were optimistic he would accept our offer to continue playing and remain at the club long term, where he would transition into full time employment.
“It has always been our intention for Milos to finish his playing career with Sydney FC.
“Despite our best efforts, Milos has decided to move on and we thank him for the major contribution he has made to our club.”
I want to say thank-you to all Sydney FC Members and supporters for seven fantastic years at Sydney FC,” Ninkovic said.
“I had the greatest times of my career at this club and for that I want to thank everyone connected with Sydney FC, including the Board of Directors, team-mates and the Sydney FC staff.
“I’m sad to be leaving but I’ve made this decision in the best interests of my family and I thank everyone for their support.
“I will always look back at my time in Sky Blue with immense happiness and pride at what we were able to achieve together.
“I will never forget these years and I will also have a huge fondness and a strong bond with our Members and fans.
“I wish the club every success in the future.”
Milos according to multiple reports is linked to cross town rivals Western Sydney Wanderers, with no decision made on his future just yet.