Sydney FC is disappointed to announce Milos Ninkovic has decided to end his time at the club after seven successful seasons.
Despite several weeks of talks, which included the offer of a new playing contract and a future role in player and game development, the 37-year old has decided to leave Sydney FC.
Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Adam Santo said: “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.”
Ninkovic won three Championships, three Premierships and an FFA Cup during his time with the Sky Blues, and leaves as one the most decorated players in the history of the Isuzu-UTE A-League, also winning two Johnny Warren medals and an Alex Tobin Award for best player in the competition.
“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.”
Ninkovic departs the Sky Blues having made 221 appearances and scoring 41 goals.