Zadkovich calls it a day

Colourful central midfielder Ruben Zadkovich announced his retirement from football after suffering a career-ending knee injury.

Perth Glory paid tribute to the 29-year-old from Sydney at the club's awards night on Saturday.

In all, the combative player made 151 domestic league matches spanning the past decade at Sydney FC, Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory FC.

Zadkovich won the inaugural A-League championship with the Sky Blues and signed a two-year deal with Derby County, but his time there was scuppered by injury and he made just seven appearances for the club.

Known for his audacious goal attempts (and kicking the ball into Row Z) his take no prisoners style was exemplified by his record send-off, when he came on as a subsitute against Wellington Phoenix in November 2014 and was red carded just 17 seconds later for a rash two-footed challenge.

He scored the only goal in the Olyroos unsuccessful 2008 Olympics campaign and garnered a cult following among fans at every A-League club he played at.

Zadovich, who has three Socceroos caps to his name, assisted Glory youth team coach John Gibson in the past season and is currently in discussions with the club about the prospect of a post-career opportunity.

“It’s been an agonising and frustrating 12 months and it’s a very serious injury which has ended my days as a footballer” he said.

"I'm extremely grateful to have played the game I love most. It has given me everything I dreamed of as a young kid. I've got no regrets. As this next chapter unfolds, I'll be focusing on developing my coaching skills, and give back to the game that served me so well."

He added: "To the mates I've made in this game, the guys I went into battle with each week, I'd like to thank them for their comradeship over the years."