Cornthwaite looking to stay in Malaysia after Selangor snub

Just days after their Malaysia Cup win, Selangor have told key centre-back Robert Cornthwaite he will not be needed next season.

Cornthwaite learned on Wednesday that his contract would not be extended despite being a major part of their 33rd Malaysia Cup success.

The defender responded in disbelief to the news given he had been integral to their 2-0 victory over Kedah in the final last Saturday.

Kedah had 62 per cent possession but Cornthwaite and co. limited the Red Eagles to a mere four shots on target, serving as the basis for their win.

A backline led by the Australian had already been unbreachable in the semi-final against Pahang’s free-scoring side, with his influence becoming clear. 

Selangor’s defence was also the third best in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) under Mehmet Durakovic.

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I don’t want to leave. I love it at Selangor and I’m proud I was part of the team that brought the Malaysia Cup trophy back after 10 years.

In addition to ranting on Twitter that "Finish (ing) 2nd in the league and win (ning) [a] first Malaysia Cup in 10 years with [the] best defensive record isn't always enough", Cornthwaite told FourFourTwo he was shocked and will now be forced to consider other options, though he prefers to remain in Malaysia.

“I was surprised with the decision. I had a good season and the team were successful. But that’s football and the people in charge wanted a change. I wish Selangor all the best,” said Cornthwaite.

“I don’t want to leave. I love it at Selangor and I’m proud I was part of the team that brought the Malaysia Cup trophy back after 10 years. Mehmet Durakovic and all the players did our very best to bring happiness back to Selangor football.

“I just got the news and now I need to sit with my management and consider our options. Hopefully I'll stay in Malaysia. My family enjoys it here but football can take you anywhere and I am open to every opportunity.

“There are a few options in Australia and China but until you get a contract in front of you, nothing is real. There are always rumours and people talking but signing a contract is most important.

Hopefully I'll stay in Malaysia. My family enjoys it here but football can take you anywhere.

“There’s a little bit of time before the transfer window opens [for other leagues] in January. I’ll go back to Australia and see what’s next, I guess."

Cornthwaite joined the Red Giants at the start of the season and made 15 MSL appearances, even managing to get up the other end and find the back of the net four times.

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The 30-year-old, who has enjoyed a stint at Jeonnam Dragons before, thanked the fans for their support. The fans, most of whom are still celebrating Selangor’s win, have vented their frustrations at the club on Twitter and Facebook for not retaining the Australian.

The future of his compatriot and coach Durakovic is also uncertain as FourFourTwo understands Selangor had already lined-up Zainal Abidin Hassan as his replacement, even before the Malaysia Cup knockout stages begun.