Melbourne Knights is able to confirm the short-term departure of Club captain Tomislav Uskok to the PS4 NPL NSW for the 2016 season.
The outgoing skipper ends what has been a hugely successful period at Somers Street, which included scoring in the Dockerty Cup quarter-final – which saw the Knights return to the national scene in the FFA Cup – and in the Dockerty Cup final, winning the silverware with a 120th minute goal.
The defensive-midfielder was awarded the armband in 2015, which was a huge honour for Uskok who has been a life-long supporter of the Club.
The 24-year-old’s solid 2013, 2014, and 2015 seasons attracted national-league interest, with Newcastle Jets, Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar all having Uskok on trial.
Uskok makes the move to Sydney to relocate with family, and intends on returning to Victoria in 2017, however nothing concrete has been agreed upon beyond the upcoming season.
Speaking to melbourneknights.com.au before leaving Knights Stadium, Uskok issued this statement to members and supporters:
“First of all, I would like to thank our loyal fans for the continuous support throughout the season which has gotten us over the line on many occasions.
“Unfortunately, we fell short of our team’s goals for the year and we know the supporters expected us to go further but the endeavor and heart shown by the team cannot be questioned.
“On a personal note, I am leaving the club for season 2016 for personal reasons as I have to make a move to Sydney but I will definitely be back in the near future it’s not easy leaving the club you grow up with.
“I’m sure the Club will be as strong as ever in the upcoming season! The clubs holds a special place in my heart and I wish them all the best for the upcoming year.
Uskok will play his last game for the Knights before departing during the upcoming Croatian Soccer Tournament in Brisbane, which kicks off on October 1.