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Brisbane Roar skipper Matt Smith signs for Bangkok Glass FC

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Photo: Former Brisbane Roar captain Matt Smith flanked by his representatives Manuel Seisdedos and Jon Michail of FIA Sports Management and Bangkok Glass Head Coach Ricardo Rodriguez .

FIA Sports Management has acted for former Socceroo Matt Smith in his transfer to Thai Premier League club Bangkok Glass FC.

Brisbane Roar received received a formal offer from Bangkok Glass last week and agreed to terms to release Smith for an undisclosed transfer fee.  The release was effective from Sunday, 14 December, allowing Smith to play his final game with the Roar for their Hyundai A-League game against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

Smith said it was an extremely difficult decision to leave the Roar but he believes the two-year deal with Bangkok Glass FC is the right move at this stage of his career and for his family’s future.

“The negotiations took some time, but I am grateful and thankful to Brisbane Roar and the FIA Sports Management team for getting the situation handled.”

He thanked the club for understanding his position and granting a swift release.

“I am extremely grateful for what the Roar has given my family and I over the past five seasons. For giving me an opportunity to be part of a club that has implemented and certain culture and playing style that has led to fantastic experiences, memories, friendships and silverware.

“I am privileged and honored to have captained this great club for four seasons, and done so with the fantastic help and support of all the players, coaching staff, admin staff and great fans.

“My time here has been extremely memorable and I will be eternally grateful to the Roar”

Brisbane Roar Football Director Ken Stead said the decision to release Smith was reached after deep consideration by the club and was made mindful of the service and leadership Smith had given the Roar.

English-born Matt Smith joined the Roar ahead of the 2010/11 season and was named captain of the club in August 2012. He made over 100 appearances for the club and has been a part of the Roar’s three Hyundai A-League Grand Final wins (2011, 2012 and 2014) and two Premiers’ Plate (2010/11 and 2013/14).

Thai Premier League club Bangkok Glass are fresh off their Thai FA Cup victory and are preparing for the AFC Champions League Qualifiers in January 2015. The club recently appointed high-flying Spaniard Ricardo Rodriguez as Head Coach and will be looking to improve on their League performances next season.

FIA Sports Management Directors Manuel Seisdedos and Jon Michail led the FIA team during negotiations.

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