Wednesday, 11 June 2003 12:00 AM
South Melbourne Soccer Club has moved to clarify its playing list ahead of the upcoming National Soccer League season. The South Melbourne squad has been reviewed in recent weeks by newly appointed coach Stuart Munro.
Munro has elected not to pursue contract renewals with four players – David Clarkson 35, Fausto De Amicis 35, Steve Iosifidis 29 and Peter Buljan 24. All four players had contracts that had expired or were expiring at the end of the month.
“It was a tremendously difficult decision” said Munro. “These players have a history of success with the club and they have been wonderful servants to South Melbourne. Everybody here is very grateful for their contributions. There is however an element of rebuilding that needs to be done and it is time for a new generation of players to make their mark.”
South Melbourne President Peter Mitrakas joined Munro in thanking the four players for their years of service. “I never like seeing players leave South Melbourne” said Mitrakas, “especially those of the calibre of these four. Stuart (Munro) had to make some tough choices and in the case of these four players it was decided not to renew their contracts. Their individual efforts and contributions over the years are greatly appreciated. They have been part of the fabric of South Melbourne and everybody at the club wishes them well for the future.”