Former Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak has called time on his playing career with a post on Instagram.
- Mile Jedinak retired from international football in 2018
- He most recently played club football for Aston Villa but was released after the 2018/19 season
- Crystal Palace, where he played 178 games, called him “a leader of men and a club legend”
The 35-year-old, who retired from international football in 2018, said it was “now time for a new chapter” after playing almost 20 years for clubs around the world.
“I want to thank all the clubs I represented for allowing me the opportunity to do so. Coaches, staff, teammates, supporters you all played your part so thank you,” he said.
“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.”
The strong central midfielder most recently plied his trade with Aston Villa in England, but fell out of the rotation in 2018 and was released the next year.
He made his name in the Premier League with Crystal Palace, captaining the team from 2012-2016 and playing 178 games for the London-based club.
Palace congratulated him on his retirement and called him “a leader of men and a club legend”.
“Thanks for the memories, Mile, and congratulations on a phenomenal career,” a statement on the club’s website read.
The Socceroos tweeted their thanks for “10 incredible years with the national team”, featuring a photo of Jedinak lifting the 2015 Asian Cup.
He flagged an interest in continuing his career with A-League expansion team Macarthur FC, joining the league in 2020/21, but had also been given a job as a coach with Villa’s youth academy.