Sydney FC goalkeeper Tom Heward-Belle is to leave the club after six years in search of more first team action.
The 26-year old shot stopper has been with the Sky Blues for six seasons having joined from the Central Coast Mariners in 2017.
He has been involved during the most successful period in the club’s history picking up two Championship and a Premiership winners medal.
Heward-Belle also played in the A-League 2021 Grand Final and has made some stand out performances, most notably away to Brisbane in 2021 and at Adelaide United last season.
He was in fine form to deny Scottish Premiership Champions Celtic in a 2-1 friendly win earlier this season.
“Tommy has been a fantastic professional and an invaluable member of our squad over the past six seasons,” said Head Coach Steve Corica.
“His performances when called upon have been fantastic and he has kept Andrew Redmayne on his toes throughout his time, pushing Redders to even better levels of performance.
“He will be missed and he leaves with our best wishes for the future.”
Heward-Belle thanked the Sky Blues for the opportunity and his coaches and teammates for their help.
“I’ve had incredible support from both the club and the Sydney FC Members over the past six years and I’d like to thank them for the opportunity to represent Sydney FC.
“To learn from two of the best goalkeeper coaches in the country in John Crawley and Matthew Nash has been a great experience and it has helped my development, as has working alongside Andrew Redmayne.
“I’m sad to leave but excited for a new challenge ahead.”
Heward-Belle was with the Sky Blues for six seasons in total and was part of four AFC Champions League campaigns.
Sydney FC remain in talks with out of contract players Alex Wilkinson, Adam Le Fondre and Patrick Wood over their futures.
Full back Joel King’s loan from Danish club Odense BK will expire at the end of the month.