Roar back-flip on surprise Smith release

Brisbane Roar are believed to have back-flipped on a decision to allow captain Matt Smith to leave the club, after originally giving him permission to depart.

FourFourTwo understands the Roar were prepared to let Smith go immediately, with a league in Asia his likely destination.

But, according to sources, the club changed its mind this week and will now not allow the central defender to leave.

The move has come after Mike Mulvey was replaced as head coach and Frans Thijssen was appointed as his replacement.

Liam Miller has already left the struggling club while Thomas Broich is out for the next five weeks with an ankle injury.

Smith joined the Roar in 2010 after 11 games for North Queensland Fury.

The English-born centre-back, who moved to Australia in 2006, played in Queensland with Palm Beach and the Brisbane Strikers before breaking into the A-League.

Smith was named captain of the Roar in 2011 and in September 2012 signed a new three-year deal, tying him to the club until the end of the 2015-2016 season.

The 32-year old has made more than 100 A-League appearances for Brisbane and won three grand finals and two Premier's Plates.

He was named in the PFA Team of the Year in 2010-2011 and 2013-2014, and has played three times for the Socceroos.

This season Smith has played every minute of the Roar's A-League championship defence.

Brisbane Roar are yet to respond to requests for comment.