Brisbane release 5 as squad overhaul begins

Brisbane Roar have began to re-shape their squad for the upcoming season with five players departing the club with Kofi Danning, Ben Litfin, Adam Sarota, George Lambadaridis and Jesse Daley all moving on.
Danning and Daley are headed for Melbourne joining Oakleigh Cannons and the Melbourne Victory NPL side respectively, while Sarota returns to FC Utrecht and Ben Litfin returns to his native Gold Coast with Palm Beach. George Lambadaridis’ future is yet to be confirmed.

Sarota, 26, returned back here to Brisbane in an attempt to re-start his career after a knee injury saw him lose his spot in the Eredivisie club’s starting line-up. All up he’s made 29 appearances in two stints  for Brisbane Roar (22 start, 7 sub), after first making his debut in Round 9 of the 2008-09 season.

Danning, 24, has had a tough time since returning from Belgium in 2013, making just five substitute appearances this season, scoring his solitary goal of the season against Newcastle in round 27. All up he made 20 appearances -2 goals- after making his debut against Central Coast in Round 1, 2011-12.

Lambadaridis, 23, has had similar issues with injury here in Brisbane with a series of knee injuries ruining his chance of becoming a regular in the first team. All up he made just 9 appearances over four seasons, with just two this season at left back.. His best moment on orange would have to be his late winner in the final M1 derby in Round 27 of the 2011-12 season.

Litfin and Daley were both apart of the clubs youth setup and never made an appearance for the first team. Litfin however was the clubs youth team captain and was rewarded for a solid start at the Roar with a full time NYL contract back in 2013.

Daley has only sporadically featured for the Young Roar side in the NYL and NPL Queensland over the past season, however he was recently apart of the Young Socceroos squad.

The list of players still to sort out their futures is down to two, with Serbian striker Andrija Kaluderovic and left back Shane Stefanutto out of contract. Ultimately I think both will be retained, however time will tell.

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