Shane Stefanutto has announced his retirement from club football after six years with the Hyundai A-League club.
The 36-year-old left-back has played 145 games across all competitions. He featured for in seven games for North Queensland Fury in the 2009/2010 season, and then he went on to play 138 games for Brisbane Roar from 2010 till he retired.
As he hung up his boots, he said:
“I think back to all the wonderful times we have had, the premierships, the trophies . . . all the friends and the battles we had on the field, they are all special things.
“It is something I will definitely miss now but have enjoyed across the whole journey.
“The club has a culture – something that’s really special.
“It’s 23 people who get an opportunity to fulfil that role. They should see that as a real privilege.
“Now that I am not going to be part of that, I realise what a wonderful opportunity I had.
“It’s sad that I am not going to be playing any more but I am excited for those players who will be Brisbane Roar next season and years beyond.
“I wish them, the club, its members, fans and sponsors all the best for the future.”
The three-time Championship medalist and two-time Premiership winner was showered with praises by the head coach, John Aloisi, saying:
“You knew with Stef you were always getting 110 per cent whether it was in the game, on the training field or in the dressing room.
“He is a leader on and off the pitch and retires having given this club everything he had.
“I speak on behalf of everyone associated with the club in saying thank you Shane for a wonderful career.”
On an endnote, the player added that it’s been a life-changing moment for him but just had to move on.