Perth Glory wishes to confirm that Diego Castro will not be returning to its squad for the Isuzu Ute A-League Men 2021/22 Season.
Over the course of his six seasons with the club, the Spaniard became the third Glory player to win the Johnny Warren Medal, was twice named in the PFA Team of the Year, took out three Most Glorious Player Awards and was a key part of the side that claimed the Premiership in 2019.
The former Glory skipper took his tally of A-League appearances in purple to 136 last year, while his total of goals and assists moved to 49 and 30 respectively.
Glory Owner and Chairman Tony Sage acknowledged the huge impact the 39-year-old has had upon not only the club, but the A-League in general.
“Diego has been phenomenal since day one of wearing the purple,” he said.
“In my opinion, he has been the greatest visa player to visit Australia.
“I am personally very sad that he is leaving and wish him and his family all the best in their future.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Glory CEO Tony Pignata.
“Diego has been one of the best players Australian football has ever seen,” he said, “and undoubtedly Glory’s greatest overseas recruit of all time.
“His place in the pantheon of Glory greats is well and truly assured and on behalf of our Members and fans, I would like to sincerely thank him for the massive contribution he has made over the past six years.
“We have been fortunate to have had the pleasure of watching a player of his quality and he will always remain a cherished and much-loved member of the Glory family.
“We would like to take this opportunity to wish Diego and his family all the very best for the future.”