Western Sydney Wanderers player Nikolai Topor-Stanley has been granted permission by the A-League to play a club in the United Arab Emirates.
The A-League reported Topor-Stanley had sealed the deal, and his time at the Wanderers has come to an end.
The 31-year-old centre-back spent four seasons in the Wanderers FC colours with two seasons as captain. He played in all three of Western Sydney’s grand final losses and was on hand to lift up the Asian Champions League trophy in 2014.
Topor-Stanley said the opportunity was too good to pass and the seasons he had spent playing in red and black were the best years of his career.
“In football, opportunities such as this rarely come around and when it was presented to me, I knew that it was something I had to explore.”
“It has been an honour and a humbling experience to be able to say I was and am a part of the history of this club and I will always hold that close to my heart,” Topor-Stanley said.
CEO of the Wanderers, John Tsatsimas recognised Topor-Stanley’s dedication and contribution to the team.
“Nikolai was a consummate professional on and off the pitch. His dedication did not just exist at the training ground and on game days, but to the philosophy at the core of our club,” Mr Tsatsimas said. – Myles Aldrin Cayabyab
Photo of Nikolai from the WS Wanderers FC website.