Sterj hangs up his boots

Central Coast Mariners and Socceroos veteran Mile Sterjovski will hang up his boots at the end of the season, he revealed tonight.

One of the heroes of the Australian 2006 World Cup campaign, Sterjovski will see out the remainder of this A-League season to help the Mariners target a second consecutive championship before bringing his playing career to an end.
 
He announced on Twitter: "Happy to announce that I will be retiring at the end of the season. It's been great journey but I'm looking forward to the future!"
 
Sterjovski will leave the competition in style, having played in all 17 matches this season, netting 3 goals, including a penalty in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Roar.
 
Capable of playing across the park, Sterjovksi made 41 appearances over 10 years for the Socceroos, making his debut against Scotland in 2000 after starting his career in the NSL with Wollongong Wolves, before making a name for himself at Sydney United and Parramatta Power.
 
Like many of his peers, Sterjovski enjoyed a successful career overseas, with notable stints with Lille and FC Basel before moving to Turkey with Gencerbirligi and a brief spell in the EPL with Derby County.
 
One of the first of the Socceroos golden generation to return to the A-League, Sterjovksi joined Perth Glory in 2009 and scored 15 times in 63 games until a stint in China before returning to Australia and joining Central Coast Mariners.