Filip Holosko has headed back to Europe after leaving Sydney FC.
Filip Holosko has headed back to Europe after leaving Sydney FC. JOE CASTRO

Winger Holosko parts ways with Sydney FC

ONE of the least surprising relationship break-ups of the A-League's off-season has been confirmed, with Slovakian winger Filip Holosko leaving Sydney FC.

The former marquee player returned to Europe on Sunday and won't play against Liverpool on Wednesday night, concluding a two-year stint at the Sky Blues.

Despite arriving on a $1.1m salary in 2015, replacing Marc Janko as marquee, Holosko never fully convinced as an attacking force, though he found more success in the season just gone thanks to a rejigged Sydney formation.

Holosko struggled with the hardness of Australian grounds and was substituted in 22 of 28 appearances in the season just gone.

But he was also a hugely popular member of the Sydney dressing room, and managed 17 goals in 52 A-League games.

"It has been a great season and many thanks to my team-mates who have been outstanding,” Holosko said.

"Winning the Championship and the Premiers Plate was an incredibly special moment for me and my family.

"This is a hugely professional and family club and I will never forget that. I wish Sydney FC all the best for the future.”

His exit had been widely anticipated, with Sydney coach Graham Arnold re-signing Brazilian striker Bobo and upgrading Serbian playmaker Milos Ninkovic to a marquee deal.

"Filip is one of the nicest people I have worked with in football and he has had a fantastic two seasons with Sydney FC,” Arnold said.

"He is a great player and will be remembered fondly by everyone at Sydney FC not just for his football ability but also his character.

"I wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Meanwhile, Western Sydney have signed former Adelaide goalkeeper John Hall as an injury replacement player while reserve stopper Jerrad Tyson is sidelined by injury.

Tyson has had a shoulder reconstruction and is expected to be out for six months.

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