Mark Birighitti has reached an agreement with Melbourne City to immediately depart the club.
Dailyfootballshow.com has learnt that the one-time Socceroo finalised an agreement to depart the club on Tuesday morning and won’t travel with the side to South Australia ahead of Wednesday night’s FFA Cup game against NPL SA side Campbelltown City.
A former Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets custodian, dailyfootballshow.com understands that the Central Coast Mariners loom as a next possible destination for the 28-year-old.
Birighitti’s departure entrenches Dean Bouzanis as the undisputed No.1 choice at City heading into the 2019-20 A-League season; the also 28-year-old having returned to the A-League after a year spent on loan at Dutch side PEC Zwolle.
Highly-rated Australian U17 international goalkeeper Ahmad Taleb will travel with City to Adelaide to serve as the No.2 in the FFA Cup but City will look to bring in a more senior backup in the coming days. Having already used their foreign slots in building their squad, the club will have to look for an Australian free agent to fill the role.
Birighitti signed at City on a three-year deal ahead of the 2018 season from Dutch side NAC Breda but, despite signing as the presumptive first-choice, struggled to break into the plans of then-Head Coach Warren Joyce; ultimately relegated to the backup role behind City’s 2018-19 Player of the Year Eugene Galekovic.
Linked with a number of moves away with City when it became clear Galekovic was entrenched as the number one during the 18-19 season, Birighitti nonetheless stayed in Bundoora following the A-League legend’s retirement.
However, with Bouzanis starting in City’s pre-season game against NPL Victoria side Oakleigh Cannons last week and appearing set to start in the FFA Cup, Birighitti and City agreed to his departure in order to allow him to pursue game time elsewhere.