The Sky Blues have begun freshening up their squad with the release of six players, while A-League rivals Perth Glory have also been re-shaping their personnel
|By SHAM MAJID
Sydney FC have announced the release of six players as they begin their preparations for the 2013-14 A-League season, including former Australia internationals Adam Griffiths and Paul Reid.
Having failed to qualify for the top-six playoffs by virtue of goal difference, Sky Blues coach Frank Farina has elected to allow Reid, Griffiths, Croatian striker Kruno Lovrek, Nathan Sherlock, Trent McClenahan and Jarrod Kyle to depart.
Much-travelled central defender Griffiths - brother of Sydney FC striker Joel - made 18 appearances in the 2012-13 campaign, while former West Ham trainee Trent McClenahan featured 12 times and veteran midfielder Reid 11.
"It's an unfortunate part of football but we have decided not to offer new contracts to five players from the 2012-13 squad," Farina said.
"We have started the process of re-shaping the squad for the 2013-14 season and we need to make some tough decisions to allow ourselves the opportunity to do that. We are excited about some of the options before us and we are confident we can put together a squad the fans can be proud of.
"On behalf of Sydney FC, I'd like to thank the players for their efforts and wish them the best of luck in the future."
Sydney FC finished in seventh spot in the A-League table, having left their run to the finals too late after a horror start to the season that saw coach Ian Crook exit and replaced by Farina.
Perth Glory, meanwhile, have made four changes of their own, releasing Nick Ward, Dean Heffernan, Evan Berger and Lewis Italiano.
Liam Miller, Steven McGarry, Ryo Nagai and Matias Cordoba remain in negotiations to remain at the club.