Brisbane Roar star Thomas Broich will exit the A-League outfit at the end of the season after being left in an “uncertain position”.
FourFourTwo broke the news in September that the two-time Johnny Warren medallists’ playing days were numbered as he prepared to share the workload with team-mate Tommy Oar.
Now, the 36-year-old will need to sign elsewhere if he wants to prolong his playing career.
The German said hesitation from coach John Aloisi over a new contract deal left him with little choice.
“(Aloisi) said at this point he didn’t know whether he could offer me a new deal and how much he could offer me, so it left me in a really uncertain position,” Broich told the Courier Mail.
“While I totally respect that the club has to do what is has to do, I just cannot be in that kind of position. I thanked John for his honesty and made my call.
“Now we all have certainty. We all know what’s going to happen. The club knows, I know, and that’s a relief for me.”
Depending on results it means Brisbane’s Elimination Final against Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday could be the playmaker’s last game at Suncorp Stadium.
It ends a hugely successful period with the club, covering three A-League championships, two premierships and the Joe Marston Medal for MoTM in the 2014 grand final.
Prior to the beginning of this season Broich told FourFourTwo he was looking at quality not quantity has he prepared to pass the baton to a new generation.
"At the moment I'm travelling alright but when you get older, you never know – it could change at any time,” he said at the time.
"I don't expect to start every game.”
He added: "I think it's a bit of a transition happening at the club already. We bring players like Tommy Oar for a reason.
"You don't want him benched for the entire season so I can get another 27 games. I'm happy to do a bit of job-sharing.
"It's not about playing every minute, it's about getting quality minutes."
This week, Broich urged fans not to be saddened by his departure.
“It’s never been about individuals at this club,” he told the Courier Mail. “The club has always been bigger than one player. It’ll be the same leading forward.
“I understand about the club going forward. I’m 36 years old so if they want to go for a younger player, then fair enough, I’m not going to stand in anyone’s way.
“That’s just the reality that I have to live with now.
“I’m obviously a bit sad. I’ve loved my time here, and it’s coming to an end. All good things have to come to an end eventually.”