Former Australia skipper Jedinak announces retirement from soccer
SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA) – Former Australia skipper Mile Jedinak has announced his retirement from soccer. He had stepped down from internationals in 2018 and has not played a professional game since then.
Jedinak, 35, who earned 79 caps for the Socceroos and led them to the 2015 Asian Cup title, had said he expected to continue playing after being released by Aston Villa last year.
According to Australian media, A-League sides had expressed interest in roping in the defensive midfielder, who has played in three World Cups.
“I want to thank all the clubs I represented for allowing me the opportunity to do so,” Jedinak said on social media.
“Coaches, staff, teammates, supporters, you all played your part so thank you… It’s now time for a new chapter.”
He began his professional career in Sydney but made his name at Crystal Palace. He played there from 2011 to 2016, helping to guide the team back to the Premier League, before signing up with Aston Villa in 2016.
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