Brisbane Roar swing axe as trio depart

Matthew Jurman and James Meyer have departed Brisbane Roar after their contracts expired, while Dutch attacker Stef Nijland's loan deal has been completed Indonesia   By LUKE SHEEHAN

Brisbane Roar have allowed trio Stef Nijland, James Meyer and Matt Jurman to depart as they tune up their squad for the 2013-14 season.

Champions in 2010-11 and 2011-12, the Roar's attempt at a three-peat was ended on Friday by Premiers' Plate winners Western Sydney 2-0 in their semi-final.

With the loss signalling an end to Brisbane's campaign, coach Mike Mulvey quickly moved to reinvigorate his squad at the expense of Nijland, Meyer and Jurman.

Defender Jurman played 15 times in his second season in Brisbane and has been linked to a move back to old club Sydney FC, while attacking midfielder Meyer scored one goal in his five appearances.

Dutch attacker Nijland was on a four-month loan deal at the Roar, and made 10 appearances before being released back to Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven.

Mulvey said the trio were not in his plans beyond this season.

"From my point of view, I'd like to thank all three for their commitment and professionalism during my time at the club," Mulvey said via release.

"Each has contributed to the club in their own way, but at this point in time they did not fit into our plans as we move forward.

"On behalf of the club, I'd like to wish each player the best of luck for their respective career in the future."

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