Tom Pondeljak released

Melbourne Victory wishes to confirm that midfielder, Tom Pondeljak, has been released by mutual consent after 78 Hyundai A-League appearances for the club.

Melbourne Victory wishes to confirm that midfielder, Tom Pondeljak, has been released by mutual consent after 78 Hyundai A-League appearances for the club.

The 36 year-old will undoubtedly be best remembered for his winning goal in the 2008/09 Grand Final win over Adelaide United.

After a glittering career in the old National Soccer League, Pondeljak joined Melbourne Victory from A-League rivals, Central Coast Mariners in season four and cemented his place in history after scoring the goal that secured the club its second Championship/Premiership double.

Melbourne Victory Managing Director, Richard Wilson, said, “We-d like to thank Tommy for his tremendous contribution over the past four seasons and wish him well in the future.”

“Tommy was a popular figure among the playing group and very quickly stamped himself as a fan favourite with his memorable goal in the 2008/09 Grand Final in front of a packed Etihad Stadium.”

“Tommy wanted to go out quietly with a minimum of fuss and we respect his wishes,” Wilson added.

The club came to a settlement with Tom last week, honouring the final 6 weeks of his contract, and wishes him well for the future.