Ryan's Red route to Malaysia

Striker Ryan Griffiths has finally got his move to Malaysia, thanks to his brief stay at Adelaide United.

The Reds today confirmed they were releasing the veteran forward to move to Sarawak FC just months after he'd had to abandon a switch to the Malaysian Super League side.

A transfer last November had to be cancelled because he was coming from Beijing Baxy in the Chinese second tier - and Malaysian rules insist foreign import signings must be playing at a nation's top level before joining a local club.

Instead he joined Adelaide United in January but only made four appearances and has missed recent games through "shin soreness" and concussion.

Griffiths told journalist Peter Davis at the time: “It’s a stupid rule. I could have signed with another Chinese Super League club, but I liked Sarawak and the club was great.

"I had options in the CSL and still do but seriously refused double the offer that I accepted from Sarawak.
“You [should] look at a player’s pedigree and what he has done in the past. When he's played at an international level and in the highest level in Asia, it doesn’t make sense."
But his short stay at Adelaide United - as it's in Australia's elite level A-League - re-opened the possibility of a move to Sarawak again and today the club revealed he would be moving on.

Adelaide United football director Michael Petrillo said the club did not want to deny Griffiths a great opportunity and after a short period of negotiation terms were agreed to over the weekend with Griffiths having the opportunity to say goodbye to the players and football staff last Saturday before they flew out for the game in Brisbane.
He added: “It was a difficult decision to release Ryan as it’s not a great time to lose a player with only five games remaining and still competing to make the finals, particularly now we are outside of the transfer window period.
"However he received a very good two year offer from Sarawak and we were not in a position right now to offer him a contract extension due to his lack of recent game time. Therefore the club didn’t want to stand in his way and we were able to quickly negotiate a transfer agreement with Sarawak that we were all comfortable with.
"We wish Ryan all the best in Malaysia with his new club.”