McGrath eyes Europe stay after Brondby release

Promising forward Brent McGrath, 21, is keen on remaining in Europe rather than a return home to the A-League after his exit from Danish club Brondby

Australian forward Brent McGrath has ruled out a move to the A-League after his release from Danish club Brondby.

The 21-year-old's departure from Brondby was announced on Thursday, ending a seven-year association with the Copenhagen-based Superliga outfit.

The club had expressed an interest in re-signing once-capped Australia international McGrath as his contract approached its end, but a combination of Brondby's financial problems and the likely lack of opportunities for the Sydney-born player led to his exit.

"Brondby is a fantastic club that will always have a special place in my heart," McGrath told the club's website upon his release.

"I came to Brøndby when I was a 14-year-old boy and the club has since developed me into a professional footballer and an Australian international. I will always be thankful for that."

McGrath revealed a move home to an A-League club was not his priority: "I feel that it is the right time for me to take on a new challenge with another club in Europe," he said.

McGrath made just 10 appearances - all as a substitute - in the 2012-13 season as Brondby limped to a ninth-place finish.

He featured 43 times in total and scored three goals.

"Brent has been very popular at Brondby IF," club sport director Ole Bjur said.

"Unfortunately, looking forward, there is not going to be much playing time for either Brent or Jan [Kristensen, who was also released] and, therefore, it doesn't make sense for any of the parties to continue working together."

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