It is with great sadness that the Melbourne Knights, together with Captain Josip Kozic, announce his immediate retirement from Victorian Premier League football.
Josip has had three stints with the Melbourne Knights, the first in the 2001-02 season in the National Soccer League when he transferred from Bulleen in the Victorian Premier League, the second in 2005 when the Knights ceased to compete in the NSL and re-joined the VPL, before once again returninglast season, captaining the side to a Mirabella Cup final, also scoring an inspirational winner against the Oakleigh Cannons in the Semi Final.
Josip thanked everyone that has supported him and it wasn’t an easy decision to make: “After doing my hamstring in the Oakleigh game, I knew my time was up. Getting older, the Premier League is not getting any slower, it takes me longer to recover at my age and I just realised after some reflection that my heart wasn’t in it anymore.”
Josip has provided great service to the club and new coach Andrew Marth commented that “…it’s sad to see an experienced player like Josip retire, I felt that he still had a lot to offer, but if you lose the enjoyment from playing the game, it’s time to move on.”
‘Koza’ wanted to have the final word – “Thanks to everyone involved in the club, especially the committee who do a lot of hard work that doesn’t get seen, our great fans that follow us even if the results aren’t the best, thank you all. I will remember my time playing at the Knights fondly. This is just another stage of my life, and I’ll still be around.”
The Melbourne Knights would like to thank Josip for his service to the club, both on and off the pitch, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.