Mile Jedinak, the former Australia captain and Crystal Palace midfielder on Saturday reported his retirement from football at 35 years of age.
Jedinak uncovered the news on his authority Instagram handle and stated: “It is now time for a new chapter”.
Jedinak was brought up in Sydney, and played youth football with Sydney United before beginning his senior profession at the club. Following loan spells at Varteks and South Coast United, Jedinak moved to Central Coast Mariners in 2006.
The Kangaroo next played in Turkey, for Gençlerbirliği and Antalyaspor on loan before joining Crystal Palace. He played major role for the English club gaining advancement to the Premier League first tier. In 2016, he joined Aston Villa, where he played up till, he announced his retirement from international as well as club football.
He expressed his gratitude towards each and every club for whom he played his professional football:
“I was a young boy from Western Sydney with a dream to play professional football. My journey to reach that goal was full of so many experiences, challenges and memories that will always be cherished. I want to thank all the clubs I represented for allowing me the opportunity to do so.” – the 35-year old wrote.
The Australian skipper further paid tribute to his mentors, partners and his management staff for directing him throughout his 15 years of professional career. The 35-year-old additionally gave a message to youths that think beyond practical boundaries and constantly work hard to achieve their aspirations.
“Coaches, staff, teammates, supporters you all played your part so thank you. A huge thank you to my whole family for supporting me through the years, special mention to my parents for showing me the values and belief in order for me to chase my Dream. Last but not least to my wife and children thank you for being my biggest fans it’s meant the world. To my boys, dream big and never stop chasing your dreams.” – he added.
Jedinak showed up for the Australian national group from 2008 to 2018. The Australian captained the side more than 25 times since 2014. This also included his appearances for the 2010, 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups.
He has additionally played at two AFC Asian Cups, including captaining Australia to triumph on home soil in the 2015 edition.
Crystal Palace paid tribute to his exhibitions and performances at the club on twitter:
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