Dugandzic out as City clear the decks

Melbourne City has released five players and signed a one-year contract extension with skipper Patrick Kisnorbo as the club begins to rebuild ahead of next season.

Headed for the exit are Rob Wielaert, Iain Ramsay and former youth international Mate Dugandzic who endured an injury interrupted campaign.

Kew Jaliens, who joined the club mid-season from Newcastle Jets on a short-term injury replacement contract, has also been released. 

Former Irish international and this season’s Clubman recipient Damien Duff – whose season was cut short with a calf injury – had already said he would not be returning.

Captain Patrick Kisnorbo agreed to play on in 2015/16.

Meanwhile, National Youth League product Paulo Retre, 22, has also secured a one-year extension to his existing contract.

City finished the 2014/15 campaign in fifth spot but were bundled out of the semi-finals by crosstown rivals Melbourne Victory 3-0 on Friday.