Five foundation players are part of seven to be released by the Heart, with Kristian Sarkies, Alex Terra and Rutger Worm among those to depart
It will be Melbourne Heart but not as you know it next season, with the club confirming the departure of seven players following the end of the 2011-12 A-League campaign.
The club will bid farewell to Alex Terra, Rutger Worm, Kristian Sarkies, Maycon, Nikola Roganovic, Kamal Ibrahim and Kliment Taseski.
Heart reached the finals for the first time on the back of a sixth-place finish but their season came to an abrupt end last Sunday, after the Perth Glory eased to a 3-0 victory in the elimination final at nib Stadium.
"All seven individuals... have each left an imprint on the club in their own unique way, making contributions which extend simply beyond the field," Heart said in a statement.
Foundation players Terra and Worm both arrived in 2010, ahead of the club's inaugural A-League season with Terra netting seven goals in 44 appearances.
Heart football operations manager John Didulica paid tribute to the outgoing players for their role in establishing the club as a competitive team and attributed injury to Sarkies' inability to cement a spot in the starting line-up.
"Sadly for Kristian he came to us with a broken leg which meant other players were able to move ahead of him and limit his match time," Didulica said."An excellent character to have around the club and we hope he can continue his career elsewhere in the A-League."