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Ninkovic leaves contract failure behind

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016 Matt Encarnacion

Sydney FC star Milos Ninkovic admits it took him almost all of the A-League pre-season to get over the club's refusal to let him accept a lucrative offer in the UAE.

The Sky Blues denied the Serbian midfielder an official request in the winter to be released from the final year of his Australian contract to reportedly move to Qatar.

The deal would've secured Ninkovic's long-term future and, with him heading into the back end of his football career, he was initially disappointed to be knocked back.

"To be honest, it was hard. But it's good this happening in pre-season. In pre-season it was hard, but after when the league start, it was much easier for me," Ninkovic said on Thursday.

"It was a very difficult time for me because I had a good offer and I'm 31 years old.

"You never know, this is football. You never know what's happening tomorrow. But I already forget because I respect this club, I respect the people of this club.

"Now I just focus on Sydney FC. I want to help my teammates, the club, to win title after five, six years."

Ninkovic has stood by his promise, striking early-season form with two goals, two assists in five straight run-on starts, leading to him being named the players' association player of the month on Thursday.

He has been an integral part in the ladder leaders' five-game winning streak to start the campaign, however believes the team can still find another gear.

"This is only first five games. We have 20 more games," he said.

"We just need to continue to play like the first five games. I think we can play much better than maybe last game against (Melbourne Victory), especially with the ball."

After putting the contract situation behind him, Ninkovic is now open to the possibility of earning another deal to stay in Australia.

He is one of a large number of Sky Blues without a contract next season, including regular first-team players Brandon O'Neill, Rhyan Grant, Bobo, Filip Holosko, and captain Alex Brosque.

"I just want to work hard to play every game much better and better. We will see, this is football. This is life. You never know what's happening tomorrow," he said.

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