Reds farewell Michael Marrone
Adelaide United can confirm it will bid farewell to defender, Michael Marrone.
One of the longest serving players in Reds’ history, Marrone ranks only second to Eugene Galekovic in appearances for the Club with 193 across two separate spells, scoring four goals in the process.
The 34-year-old experienced immense success with his hometown Club, winning three FFA Cups in 2014, 2018, and 2019 and was a key player in the Reds’ historic A-League Premiership and Championship double in 2016.
Marrone made his Reds debut in December 2008 at the FIFA Club World Cup against Egyptian side Al Ahly and later played his first A-League game in January 2009.
After a three-year stay at Melbourne Heart, followed by a move to China with Shanghai Shenxin, Marrone returned to Adelaide midway through the A-League 2013/14 season.
In the subsequent seven-and-a-half seasons the defender was often lauded for his consistency and reliability, whilst lifting five trophies.
Speaking about his departure from the Club, Marrone said: “Now that I’m leaving Adelaide United, I look back on my time at the Club and have to say I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have spent so much time here.
“Being fortunate enough to spend most of my career playing in front of my friends and family each week and having the success with this Club has been a dream come true.
“I’m proud of what my teammates and I have achieved together and these memories will stay with me forever.”
Adelaide United Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Kosmina, said: “Michael has been a tremendous ambassador for Adelaide United over a significant period of time.
“With three FFA Cups, a Premiership, and a Championship medal, Michael is one of the most decorated players in the Club’s history.
“Not only has Michael been the consummate professional on the field through his consistency and dependability, but he has exemplified what it means to be a South Australian playing for Adelaide United through his dedication and loyalty.
“On behalf of the Club, our partners, members, and supporters, I want to thank Michael for his service and wish him and his family all the best for the future.”