Fans win Cornthwaite Selangor reprieve

Former Socceroo Robbie Cornthwaite has signed a one-year deal to stay with Selangor and says he would like to stay with the Malaysian club longer.

Cornthwaite lifted the Malaysian Cup last year with Mehmet Durakovic in charge but both were axed after the 2-0 final win over Kedah.

However, after an amazing outcry from the Selangor fans, the defender is now set to stay with the Red Giants.

“After initially being told I wouldn't be required there was a massive outpouring of support from all the fans, which included petitions along with some high profile and influential people in the state contacting the club,” Cornthwaite explained to FourFourTwo.

“Ultimately it made the club rethink their decision. Without the fans’ support I wouldn't be there I feel. They make me want to play for them and without doubt have showed me the most love of any club I have played for.”

Cornthwaite admits it is sad to see one-time Melbourne Victory boss Durakovic leave Selangor.

“He was the main reason I joined the club and the reason we had such a successful year,” the centre back said.

“Anyone who knows Mem will tell you he is the most honourable and respectful guy in football. A true gentleman. He was loved and respected by all the players. He will be missed.” 

Cornthwaite joined Selangor at the start of 2015 after three years in Korea. The former A-League stopper said he feels at home at the club and would like to continue there beyond the 2016 season.

“I’ve got just one season with a new coach coming in you’re never sure on how things will go but I feel we will be successful,” he said.

“Me and my wife feel that KL is such a great city to raise our family and would love to stay there beyond this season.” 

Cornthwaite says the Malaysian Cup win, ending a 10-year drought for the Red Giants, was something special.

“To play any domestic football game anywhere in the world that attracts 90,000 fans is a massive deal,” he said.

“With the history of Selangor and the fact it had been 10 years since they last won, it all added to the importance of the win.

“It was the first final I have won after previously losing two A-League, one I didn't play, and the Asian Champions League finals.

“It was a special night. I believe it's the oldest and most historic cup in Asia.”

Cornthwaite ranks the Cup victory as one of the best of his career.

“With the speculation going on at the club at the time and it was one of the most enjoyable seasons on my career,” he said.

“I had a lot of fun and that's why I love to play.”