Confirmed: Kurtishi departs BrisbanePosted: January 15, 2015
Mensur Kurtishi has officially departed Brisbane Roar, with the striker set to return to Europe. Reports first emerged on Monday evening when a report from Macedonian website Lajm emerged on his social media page claiming he had left Brisbane. The link was swiftly deleted, but today the move has been confirmed.
Kurtishi, 28, has been a disappointment here in Brisbane since arriving in August, scoring just the one goal in round two against Perth Glory. Since that day, he hasn’t really threatened in the following games. After making his debut against Adelaide off the bench in the FFA Cup Round of 16, Kurtishi has made 9 appearances for Brisbane, with just the five starts this season.
Kurtishi’s new club is yet to be confirmed, but his departure opens up a foreign spot for Brisbane to bring somebody in. Currently they have four visa players, however with Henrique set to gain citizenship on Australia Day, they will soon have two spare visa spots; although Henrique’s citizenship won’t arrive in time to count as a local player for the Champions League.
The departure obviously frees up even more cap space to use this January on re-enforcements with Liam Miller and Matt Smith having already gone. A striker is surely top of the priority list, hopefully the new man makes more of a contribution than Kurtishi.