EXCLUSIVE: After six seasons and 137 games, Travis Dodd’s ties with Adelaide United run deep, and he says he’d like to return to Adelaide one day – but not in a coaching capacity.
Yesterday, Perth confirmed what the entire A-League already knew, that the Reds attacking midfielder will take up a two-year deal with the WA franchise from next season.
While still a Reds fans favourite, a decision was made at board level that the club weren’t in a position to offer the one-time Socceroo (two appearances, one goal) a new contract.
“It was emotional to play at Hindmarsh on Sunday night against as an Adelaide player for the last time,” Dodd told au.fourfourtwo.com after the announcement of his move.
“It was bittersweet. I knew it might be my last game in front of our supporters who’ve been outstanding towards me especially since all this transfer stuff has been written in the last few months."
Despite being in red hot form at the business end of the season, a board meeting at the club on Tuesday sealed Dodd's fate. “I’m obviously not privy to what was said in the meeting but yeah it was disappointing,” he added.
“But, no one player is bigger than the club. And I understand that but in saying that I have been here for six years and I would’ve liked to have seen my career out here.
“I’d like to think I’ve given everything possible to the club. But that’s not the way it ended,” the 30-year-old said.
Joining Dodd at Perth are Evan Berger, Danny Vukovic, Dean Heffernan and Neil Young with several other big names are expected to follow in the coming weeks.
Dodd leaves for Perth in about six weeks ahead of the new pre-season.
“I had no intention of leaving Adelaide for just anyway just for a pay-day," he said. "At the end of the day I’m a professional footballer who wants to win games and championships. It’s a great challenge and opportunity and one I’m going to embrace.
“I’d still love to come back to Adelaide at some point, perhaps after my career," added Dodd, who played 39 times for Adelaide City in the old NSL during the 1990s.
"But coaching’s definitely not for me, perhaps the media side of things. But that’s maybe after my career’s over."