May 25, 2015 12:26:07 UK
Danny Vukovic’s spell at Perth Glory is over, after the experienced keeper requested a release from his contract.
The Sydney-born stopper is reported to be on the shopping list of champions Melbourne Victory.
Vukovic says he wants to move back to the east coast as he and his wife Kristy are expecting their first child in July.
The keeper is second on the A-League’s all-time appearance list with 227, one behind John Hutchinson.
Hutchinson’s retirement from Central Coast Mariners leaves the way clear for Vukovic to set a new record and then stay ahead of the pack.
Wellington Phoenix’s Andrew Durante is second on the active list with 222, with nine players in total having passed the 200-game mark.
The 30-year-old will want to be first-choice at whichever club he joins, and Victory have a vacancy for a No.1 after releasing Nathan Coe.
Vukovic said he had approached the Glory four months ago about the possibility of moving closer to family, given they have no relatives in Perth.
He said the best interests of their child had to come first, so “with a heavy heart” he had decided to mutually terminate his deal with Kenny Lowe’s club.
Vukovic admitted he had experienced highs and lows during his 106-game stint with the Glory, having joined them in 2011 from Wellington Phoenix.
He was a big part of the club’s success last season, as they led the table for 16 consecutive weeks before a drop in form.
Perth would have finished third at the end of the regular season and qualified for a home final, but they were banned from post-season for breaching the salary cap.
“All the lads showed great character throughout the season, even when the chips were down, to fight back and get results,” he said, adding: “What lies ahead as far as football is concerned, is not clear at this stage.”
Victory are 3.75 to win the 2015-16 A-League Grand Final and Perth Glory are 13.00.
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