Nikolai Topor-Stanley has left the Western Sydney Wanderers and signed with Hatta Club in the United Arab Emirates.
The former captain spent four seasons in the Red & Black, two as captain, which saw him play in three grand finals and win a Champions League and Premiers Plate.
Topor-Stanley said the chance to join the UAE Arabian Gulf League was too good to pass up.
“In football, opportunities such as this rarely come around and when it was presented to me I knew that it was something I had to explore,” he said.
“While I won’t list and gloat about the achievements this Cub has made, I can truly say that every year the expectation was to win everything in which we competed.
“Football has an unpredictable nature and although it is goodbye for now you never know when our paths might cross again.”
Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas praised Topor-Stanley for his contribution to the club.
“He was a core part to our successes both domestically and internationally and his efforts earned him wide praise including a Socceroos call-up and many plaudits from our members and his peers," he said.
“While he leaves us at the beginning of our season, his attitude has been flawless and we commend him on his time with us and wish him well for this next chapter in his career.”
He made 125 appearances for the Wanderers and won the Wanderers Medal in 2015 and Members Player of the Year in 2013.