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Cole to leave Wanderers as Ibini & Borrello line up moves

Goal.com logo Goal.com 09-05-2017

Western Sydney Wanderers are set to release their last foundation player Shannon Cole, while Sydney FC's Bernie Ibini and Brisbane Roar's Brandon Borrello are reportedly on their way overseas.

The Wanderers announced on Tuesday that Cole will depart the A-League club after they host Shanghai SIPG in the AFC Champions League (ACL) on Wednesday night.

The versatile defender and midfielder was a vital figure in Western Sydney's ACL success in 2014 and was named in the competition's best XI that year, while he also played a part in the Wanderers' 2012-13 A-League premiership.

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But the 32-year-old has barely featured this season with just six appearances in all competitions.

"It's been an amazing ride to go from day one when we were first brought together and to experience what we’ve gone through and help build the culture that we have now," Cole said in a statement.

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"To do the thing I love and to do it for five years with a club that has already made history and is going to continue to grow and make a huge impact on Australian sport is something I'm very proud of.

"It just feels like a good time to part ways. Having been a part of the first phase of this club, experiencing success and failure and doing all that, being the last foundation player I think it's a good time to step away and let the club evolve to whatever it's going to be next."

Bernie Ibini, Sydney FC

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph has reported Ibini - who missed Sydney's grand final win over Melbourne Victory due to a hamstring injury - is set to sign with Vancouver Whitecaps.

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Ibini, 24, was on loan to Sydney from Club Brugge this season and it is understood the Belgian outfit will sell the winger to the Whitecaps before the MLS transfer deadline on Tuesday.

While used almost exclusively off the bench by Sydney coach Graham Arnold this season, Ibini was a relatively constant figure as he made 20 A-League appearances and scored one goal after recovering from a major knee injury.

Brandon Borrello, Brisbane Roar

Borrello could be leaving Roar for Germany, with AAP reporting a 2. Bundesliga club has triggered a buyout clause in the winger's contract.

The 21-year-old has played 75 A-League matches for Brisbane, scoring 13 goals, including four in 25 games this season.

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