Le Fondre bids farewell to Sydney

Sydney: Two-time A-League championship-winning striker Adam Le Fondre has left Sydney FC, the club announced on Wednesday, with the Englishman expected to spend next year on loan with Mumbai City in India.

Le Fondre, who was a key part of Steve Corica’s side that won back-to-back Grand Finals in 2019 and 2020, will leave Sydney after two seasons in Australia, where he topped the club’s scoring charts in each of the campaigns he spent in the A-League.

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“Adam has had an unbelievable couple of years with the club and has had a huge influence on our squad,” said Steve Corica.

“He has barely missed a minute of football since arriving and has shown true commitment in every second on the pitch; his performances have been second to none.

“To stand in his way would not be just reward for the service he has given us, and we wish him the best. We have some good young strikers at the club who deserve their chance and we have already begun the search to replace Adam.”

Le Fondre scored 45 times in 68 games for Sydney FC in all competitions and also represented the club in the AFC Champions League this year, netting from the penalty spot in the 2-2 draw with two-time champions Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in March.

“I’d also like to say a massive thanks to the club for considering mine and my family’s future and allowing me to make this move, as well as every single Sydney FC Member for their support during my time at the club. They were amazing and I hope they will remember me fondly.”

Mumbai City, which is part of the City Football Group, have yet to confirm the former Bolton Wanderers and Reading forward’s signing, but Le Fondre has been consistently linked with a move to India since August.

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