May 31, 2015 12:36:36 UK
Five goals in nine games have not proved enough to earn Andrija Kaludjerovic a new contract with Brisbane Roar under new coach John Aloisi.
The Serbian striker has been released by the Roar so they can free up an overseas visa spot for next season.
Kaludjerovic was brought in by interim coach Frans Thijssen in January on a short-term deal, and the 27-year-old scored more goals in the final 10 rounds than any other Brisbane player.
However, he was told on Saturday that his contract would not be renewed by the Roar, who are 8.00 to win the 2015-16 Grand Final.
His overall record of seven goals in 17 appearances in the A-League and Asian Champions League was impressive, but with four of the five visa slots already filled for next season the club have opted to look elsewhere.
The Roar fans made me feel very much at home,
Aloisi has little wiggle room, as he inherits a squad where Thomas Broich, Henrique, Jean Carlos Solorzano and Jerome Polenz are already committed until the end of next season.
The new coach has released four other players, including midfielder George Lambadaridis and attacker Kofi Danning, as well as seeing former Socceroos midfielder Adam Sarota return to FC Utrecht at the end of his loan spell.
Sarota, 26, had come back to Brisbane in the hope of breaking back into the Australia side ahead of the Asian Cup but struggled to break into the first team under Thijssen.
Kaludjerovic, who joined the Roar after spells in Cyprus with AEL Limassol and with Swiss side FC Thun, netted his first A-League goal in the 2-0 win away to Central Coast in February.
He then scored four times in a four-game spell that ended with the 3-2 win away to Adelaide United on 11th April.
The striker said: “I have enjoyed so much playing with the team and have made some very good friendships.
“The Roar fans made me feel very much at home and my family and I have had a wonderful time in Brisbane.
“We thank everyone who supported us and I wish my team mates and the club very much success in the future. Brisbane Roar and its fans will always be in my heart.”
Brisbane are 6.50 to win their friendly against Villarreal on Wednesday, with the Spanish side 1.40 and the draw 4.50.
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