Sydney FC Release Four
Sydney FC have today announced the contract expiry of 4 players, who will leave the club immediately. The players in question are Ranko Despotovic, Mitchell Mallia, Christopher Maynard and Matthew Thompson.
Despotovic and Thompson were reputably released due to their age, as they are both 33 and were not crucial players during the 2015/16 season. Thompson found himself filling in for injuries most weeks, and managed to play 19 games; however the central midfielder had no impact and was generally disappointing. Meanwhile Serbian striker Ranko Despotovic wasn't given much opportunity due to a surplus of strikers. However when given a chance, he fired kicking 4 goals in as many games. This form was expected to give him a contract renewal, but the emerging Josh MacDonald and Troy Wells have replaced him.
Maynard and Mallia were failed youth products, who after graduating from the academy have failed to reach their potential. 23 year old Chris Maynard was often not even the second keeper, usurped by Tristan Prendergast, whilst Mallia was frozen out as well. Both players failed to play a single game, and will hope an A-League club picks them up or else play in the state Premier Leagues.
The 4 departures, along with the retirement of Alessandro Del Piero, has left a massive hole in the salary cap which means Lodovico has plenty of room to move. There are already rumours circling about who will come in to fill the vacant Marquee spot, with Kolo Toure and John O'Shea rumoured to be close to signing.
Lodovico has 4 months to perfect his squad, and hopefully his signings can make the impact and push them to finals glory.