What to make of Smiljanic’s silent Glory departure?

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In an interesting turn of events for Perth Glory, Serbian midfielder Milan Smiljanic has departed the club after agreeing to mutually terminate his contract.

It an abrupt end to a topsy-turvy stint in the A-League for Smiljanic, who was signed to replace fellow Serbian midfielders Gyorgy Sandor and Krisztian Vadocz.

Glory CEO Peter Filopolous said in a short statement:

“Milan would like to explore some opportunities in Asia and the club will not stand in his way and wish him the best for his next football chapter.”

Smiljanic struggled to cement his place in Kenny Lowe’s side this season, falling behind youngster Brandon Wilson and skipper Rostyn Griffiths.

Subsequent rumours Smiljanic was unsettled were reported toward the start of the January transfer window, fuelling anticipation of a move.

However the silent nature of Smiljanic’s departure suggest the issue’s may have been too big to be resolved.

Glory fans will be wondering what went wrong for the ex-Partizan man, as he ensured in early December his full potential was in reach beyond the current season.

“When I first come, the first two months I’m only running, running, running, so that I come into some form.

“I think next year I will be in top level.

“Not top level that I’m best in the league, but something like my best level.”

It seems Perth have struggled to keep their star signings happy this season for a variety of reasons, which is a cause for concern for Glory fans.

With the power of Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers, the A-League may become a four-horse race in the coming years.

It is imperative that Perth operates in a way to accommodate for big egos and star players, to ensure they remain in touch with the developing “big-four”.

If they don’t, then the club will continue to run into the same issues that have plagued the club over the past two seasons.

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Stewart Marshall
Football lover so feeling lucky to be following Perth Glory for season 16/17.

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