The veteran has been a defensive stalwart for Adelaide United since the club’s inception during the last season of the old NSL and in each of the three A-League seasons so far.

Amidst a season ravaged by injuries for United, Alagich has been arguably the Reds most consistent and durable performer however that wasn’t enough to convince him to play on.

“This inkling to retire was three years ago when I first got offered a three year deal and already I thought then that may be it,” said Alagich.

The reliable defender has made international appearances for Australia at U20 and U23 level, was apart of the Reds A-League minor premiership side in 2005-06 and the winning Pre-Season Cup squads of 2006 and 2007.

But his fondest career highlight is the Reds first ever match back in 2003 when United came up against another team from Queensland, defeating Brisbane Strikers 1-0.

“Definitely being apart of that first ever game for Adelaide United, what this club created for the state. And I think that the bar that was set for football in Australia in general by what this club did in that first year."

The rest of the United squad will be looking to give Alagich the perfect send off against the Roar on Sunday but the man himself is just concerned with the team’s own performance ahead of the ACL for now.

“(We) just want to show some character and pride in our performance first and foremost,” said Alagich.

“If we win that and then obviously give a good send off for our supporters I think that’s what is most important first.”