Unattached defender Alan Baro is keen to stay in the A-League after being told by former club Melbourne Victory that his one-year contract would not be renewed.
Baro signed for Victory in July last year from Spanish Segunda side Ponferradina where he played 167 games over five years.
He told FourFourTwo he wanted to “explain his feelings” and said returning back to the Segunda division would be “difficult” at this point in time.
The Spaniard is confident he can get picked up by another A-League club after having a good season and playing well in the losing grand final side against Sydney FC.
Throughout the season there was uncertainty surrounding his future, but he is now on his way home with his wife, son Biel and daughter Arlette for a holiday.
“My agent is talking with some clubs in Australia,” Baro said.
“Everything I did in Melbourne this season was really interesting for me, enjoyable and it is a possibility to look for options.
“Staying in Australia is an option, my family and I had a great time in Melbourne and Australia.
"We enjoyed the A-League a lot and in these final months I think it was superb and the semi-final at AAMI Park for me was a great experience.
“I understand the A-League, the style of football and more confident in myself, my English is really good and has improved.
“I think it was a big problem at the beginning, my English I didn’t understand some things and it improved, it made me more confident on the pitch in every way.”
It was reported two days ago Victory coach Kevin Muscat did not offer Baro a new deal because the visa spot could be used for more attacking flair.
He started in all of the 26 games he played for the Big V and can play as a centre-back or in central defensive midfield.
Victory have parted ways with eight players including defenders Baro, Nick Ansell and Daniel Georgievski.
The club have already signed Socceroo Rhys Williams from Perth Glory and are welcoming back Thomas Deng who was on loan to Jong PSV.
The 31-year-old said he just wants to have a break for now as his agent explores options in the A-League and overseas.
“I don’t want to speak a lot about this issue (leaving Victory) because Kevin and the club have their reasons not to extend my contract,” Baro said.
“They spoke to me and they said I won’t re-sign a new contract this season. It’s football and I understand.
“Of course it was a little bit disappointing when some teams, in this case Victory can't keep me next season, it's not the best thing that can happen to a player but I was mentally ready for everything.
“We know when I signed at the beginning of the season I had just a one-year contract and it will be a possibility to have to leave.
"We are ready and it’s not a big problem, we understand, it’s football, it happens so many times and we move on, it doesn’t matter.”