Sydney FC release defensive trio, Perth Glory sign Thwaite and Jamieson

Sydney have taken their off-season departures to seven, with released full-back Scott Jamieson joining Michael Thwaite in signing with A-League rivals Perth Glory

New Sydney FC coach Ian Crook has already begun the overhaul of his squad, with the club announcing they will not be re-signing Shannon Cole, Scott Jamieson and Michael Beauchamp.

The defensive trio had all been awaiting the appointment of a new coach at the club before their futures would be decided, and the Sky Blues have opted to release them as they head in a 'new direction'.


Left full-back Jamieson has wasted little time securing his future, signing a deal with beaten grand finalists Perth Glory.  The 23-year-old will join former Gold Coast United captain Michael Thwaite at the club, with Glory coach Ian Ferguson winning the race for the signature of the in-demand central defender.

Sydney confirmed they had parted ways with the out-of-contract players on Thursday, three days after Crook was promoted from his role as youth-team coach.

It means Sydney have now lost seven players from the team that were eliminated in the first week of the 2011-12 A-League finals, with Bruno Cazarine, Karol Kisel, Jamie Coyne and Juho Makela having already departed.

"After a number of discussions in recent days, we feel Sydney FC is moving in a new direction and an injection of fresh faces with different skills is what is required to take the club forward," football director Gary Cole said on Thursday.

"On behalf of everyone at Sydney FC, I'd like to wish Shannon, Michael and Scott every success in the future."

Utility Cole, 27, was signed from New South Wales Premier League outfit Sydney Olympic in 2008 and made his international debut for the Socceroos less than two years later.

Central defender Beauchamp, 31, spent four years abroad, most notably with German side Nurnberg, before returning to the A-League for seasons with Melbourne Heart and then Sydney.

Cole and Australia 2006 World Cup squad member Beauchamp could come into the reckoning for the new western Sydney club, who now have a coach with the impending appointment of former Sydney FC assistant Tony Popovic.

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