Nick Carle will spend the next 12 months in the United Arab Emirates after Sydney FC agreed a one-year loan deal with Baniyas Sports Club.
The fringe Australia international midfielder, who has made 42 A-League appearances for the two-time champions since returning home from Championship side Crystal Palace in 2010, will fly out to Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Carle joins Australian captain Lucas Neill [Al Wasl], Sasa Ognenovski [Umm-Salal], Mark Bresciano [Al Gharafa] and Matthew Spiranovic [Al-Arabi] in the Middle East and he thanked the club for sanctioning his move.
"I'd like to thank Sydney FC for allowing me to play in the UAE for the next 12 months," said the 30-year-old, who has 13 Socceroos caps to his name.
"I have loved playing for Sydney FC and working with everyone at the club and I look forward to coming back next season [2013-14].
"I'd like to wish the team good luck for this season and I know they will do well under the leadership of Ian Crook, who has put together a strong squad that has been looking good in pre-season."
Sydney FC chief executive office Tony Pignata praised the 30-year-old for his work on and off the field.
"This is a great opportunity for Nick and his family and we are pleased for him," he said.
"Nick has been a great player for the club and a very good role model in the community and although we will miss him on and off the field he departs with our blessing.
"We have loaned Nick to Baniyas Sports Club for 12 months and we look forward to welcoming him back at Sydney FC in 12 months."
With Carle out the picture for the 2012-13 season, experienced midfielder Jason Culina has been touted as a possible marquee replacement, while speculation has already emerged the club may chase former Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero, who has not yet signed for a new club after leaving Juve last season.
Sydney FC manager Ian Crook said the club was already scanning the transfer market for a potential signing.
"It is disappointing that Nick is leaving Sydney FC but he has a great opportunity and we've already started the process of finding a replacement for this season," he said.
"We now have a marquee spot and a foreign spot available so that gives us a unique set of circumstances to work with."