Socceroos veteran Mark Milligan has exited Scottish Premiership side Hibs after just one season, the club confirmed this morning.
It could mark a return to the A-League and a final marquee season with a local side after he was tipped to retire soon from international football.
Milligan achieved his dream of playing the UK after years of trying and failing because of visa issues when he joined the Edinburgh side last year from Saudi Arabian club Ah-Ahli.
He made an instant impact in the Easter Road backline and became a club favourite, but has left with a season left on his contract.
"He couldn't have given any more for the cause," said Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom.
"His experience and versatility has been important and Mark's been a great influence on our younger players in particular."
The Socceroo's exit was confirmed after Hibs final match of the season at home to Aberdeen, ending the season in fifth place on the table.
💚| We also said goodbye to @mmills05 today and the captain of Australia got the reception he deserved on leaving the pitch.— Hibernian FC (@HibernianFC) May 19, 2019
👏 'Milly' has made a massive impact on everyone here in a relatively short period of time. A model pro, a talented player and a thoroughly nice guy. pic.twitter.com/kDwq3ICYan
Milligan, a veteran now of 79 caps and four World Cup, said: "I've really enjoyed my time here and I'm sorry it's come to an end.
"I'd just like to thank everyone at Hibernian for the opportunity to play for this great club and experience Scottish football."
Gutted Milligan is away. Really good player— big slivka (@fitking1985) May 19, 2019
This is a loss to hibs... good football brain, kept things simple and passing range was immense!— Martin Bell (@jinkyjoiner) May 19, 2019