After some 300 games in Australian domestic football, Eugene Galekovic has retired, bringing to an end a hugely successful playing career.
The goalkeeper will bow out of the game as a player aged 37 and will go down as arguably the A-League’s greatest ever gloveman.
Galekovic was still in the think of the action for Melbourne City even in the twilight of career, going on to win City’s Player of the Year for the 2018-19 season.
The former Adelaide United championship winner had not made a decision on his future before finals, but City’s exit at the hands of the Reds seems to have prompted his decision.
“I’m sad to call it a day but proud of my career and what I have achieved,” Galekovic said.
“Thanks to my parents for giving me the opportunity from a young age to realise my dreams and thanks to my partner who has supported me in my journey.
“These past two season at City have been very rewarding and I’ve enjoyed sharing my experience and helping along the younger players.
“There is a lot of talent in the ranks at City and I’m sure success is just around the corner.”
According to the Adelaide Advertiser, United are now eyeing the prospect of bringing Galekovic back to the club as a goalkeeper coach.
Galekovic is originally from Melbourne but his partner is from Adelaide.
Meanwhile, one of Galekovic’s understudies, 19-year-old James Delianov, has left City to sign with Western United.
Delianov made his A-League debut in the final round of the A-League regular season and becomes the new club’s first goalkeeper.
On Wednesday, United added 35-year-old striker Scott McDonald to their ranks.
City have also allowed veteran defender Iacopo La Rocca to depart the club.