Brisbane Roar skipper Matt Smith has left the Queensland A-League side after the club agreed a deal to transfer him to Thai side Bangkok Glass.
As revealed last week by FourFourTwo, Smith has been courted by overseas clubs and was set to leave earlier until the club did a U-turn on the decision and tried to hold onto him.
However today the club admitted that "after long consideration and several meetings this week", they would agree to release him to join the Thai First Division side for an undisclosed fee after receiving a formal offer overnight
The 32-year-old central defender, who has made 112 Hyundai A-League appearances for Roar, still had another 18 months on his contract and was a key part of Roar's domination of the A-League for three of the past four seasons.
English-born Smith joined Roar ahead of the 2010/11 season and was named captain of the club in August 2012.
Under first Ange Postecoglou and then latterly Mike Mulvey - sacked earlier this season - Smith was a part of Roar's three Grand Final wins (2011, 2012 and 2014) and two Premiers’ Plate (2010/11 and 2013/14).
Smith's release is effective from Sunday, allowing him to travel with Roar for their game against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.
Brisbane Roar Football Director Ken Stead said the decision to release Smith was reached after deep consideration by the club and was made mindful of the service and leadership Smith had given Roar.
“We didn’t want to lose our captain and we are sorry to see Matt leave,’’ Stead said. “But we can understand that as this stage of his career he has made a decision he believes is in the best interest of his playing future and his family.
“It is a significant loss, but it creates an opportunity for another player in the squad while the January transfer window is a timely opportunity for the club to strengthen our squad for the challenges ahead.’’