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Vukovic departs Melbourne Victory

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/07/2016 Ben McKay

Melbourne Victory have granted a compassionate release to A-League goalkeeper Danny Vukovic, who will relocate to Sydney to care for his sick child.

Vukovic, released from the final two years of his contract with Victory, will seek a new club in NSW but is presently focusing on his family.

His young son Harley requires a liver transplant, with Vukovic eager to seek a treatment course in his hometown for greater family support.

"Last season was very difficult off the field for me and my family, and the best decision for us at this time is to be closer to our extended family in Sydney," he said.

"This was a very difficult decision for me to make, because I thoroughly enjoyed the time I had at Melbourne Victory.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to represent Victory and I would like to thank everyone at the club and the fans, who have given me unbelievable support."

Vukovic joined Victory in 2015 as coach Kevin Muscat's No.1 gloveman but lost his spot over the course of the season to 2015 grand final-winning keeper Lawrence Thomas.

Vukovic's departure means Thomas, 24, is set to start the season as first-choice goalkeeper for the first time.

Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets, who have just one contracted senior keeper each, are potential new homes for the 31-year-old, who has already played for four A-League clubs.

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