Murdocca heads home

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It’s a day that most have known has been coming, but were hoping would never come. Today came the official conformation that the clubs final remaining foundation player, Massimo Murdocca would be returning to his hometown of Melbourne to sign a two year contract with Melbourne Heart.

Over 8 seasons, Massimo played 162 games for Brisbane, scoring just the 3 goals, but goals weren’t his thing- mind you if shooting was better he could have scored more because he got into the positions to do so. Mass’ game was all about work rate and passing, two attributes that made him fundamental to the success of the side in the early years.

We’ve all got our own personal favourite Murdocca memories and stories, but for myself I can’t go past the goal he scored in season 1 down in Newcastle. It was my first away trip and after long drive to see the boys smash the Jets 5-0 was amazing. Mass’ goal at the death was the icing on the cake.

Ofcourse it hasn’t all been highs in his time with Brisbane with injuries robbing him of the chance to pass the 200 games barrier, the worst of which was a broken leg in 2009. The leg would heel ofcourse, and it’s entirely fitting that both he and fellow stalwart Matt McKay were at the heart of Brisbane finally winning some silverware as Brisbane won back-to-back championships with Murdocca playing some of his best ever football.

As for where this leaves things for next season, Brisbane now have 17 contracted players, and the vacancies in the midfield are only heightened by today’s announcement. You all know about that stuff though and I’ve written enough about that anyway. Today’s about acknowledging the massive contribution Mass has made to the club, we can talk about the future another day.

Obviously we all thank Massimo greatly for his years of service here in Brisbane, and wish him all the very best for the future. Im sure were all looking forward to welcoming him back to Brisbane next season aswell.

Massimo Murdocca:
Games: 162
Goals: 3
Achievements:
– Foundation Queensland Roar player, playing in the clubs first ever match
– Final remaining Queensland Roar foundation player
– 2nd player to play 100 career games for Brisbane Roar
– 1st player to play 150 career games for Brisbane Roar
– 2x A-League Champion (2010-11, 2011-12)
– A-League Premier (2010-11)

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