Lazaridis released by Perth Glory
Former Australian international Stan Lazaridis will not have his contract renewed for next month's A-League season, Perth Glory coach Dave Mitchell said Tuesday.
Mitchell said he informed the 35-year-old former West Ham United and Birmingham City defender that his services would no longer be required.
"It was great to have him wear the Perth Glory colours over the past two seasons. However, injury and some unfortunate circumstances meant that Stan wasn't able to play as many matches as he and the club would have liked," Mitchell said.
"Moving forward and putting together a squad for the season ahead, I've had to make some tough decisions and not offering Stan a new contract has been one of the toughest of all."
Lazaridis returned home to Perth to join the Glory for the 2006/07 A-League season after a long playing career in the English Premier League. Injury curtailed his impact in the first season and he played just 11 matches.
A doping ban, for taking an anti hair-loss medication, ruled him out for the majority of his second season at the club although he did return late in the season for two games. Lazaridis played 57 internationals for Australia, making him the eighth most capped Socceroo of all time.