Adelaide United bids farewell to club stalwart

Adelaide United has announced club stalwart Michael Marrone will depart the club.

Marrone made his A-League debut for the Reds in 2009, but spent almost four years away from Hindmarsh Stadium before a return home in 2014.

The 34-year-old defender enjoyed a stellar second spell with the club loaded with silverware.

Marrone won three FFA Cups – in 2014, 2018 and 2019 – and was part of Adelaide’s historic double in the 2015-16 A-League season.

Marrone lined up on 193 occasions across two stints with the Reds, managing to find the back of the net on four occasions.

He earned a call up to the Socceroos and made his debut for the nation in 2012.

Adelaide United confirmed Michael Marrone will depart the club.Source:Supplied

“Now that I’m leaving Adelaide United, I look back on my time at the club and have to say I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have spent so much time here,” Marrone said.

“Being fortunate enough to spend most of my career playing in front of my friends and family each week and having the success with this club has been a dream come true.

“I’m proud of what my teammates and I have achieved together and these memories will stay with me forever.”

Having played a starring role in Adelaide’s most successful years, Marrone’s departure is another veteran presence gone as the squad moves into a new era under Carl Veart at the helm.

Marrone won three FFA Cups with the Reds.Source:Supplied

Reds CEO Nathan Kosmina couldn’t thank the defender enough for all he’d done during his time at the club.

“Michael has been a tremendous ambassador for Adelaide United over a significant period of time,” Kosmina said.

“With three FFA Cups, a Premiership, and a Championship medal, Michael is one of the most decorated players in the club’s history.

“Not only has Michael been the consummate professional on the field through his consistency and dependability, but he has exemplified what it means to be a South Australian, playing for Adelaide United through his dedication and loyalty.”

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