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Jul 15, 2020   |  3:29AM AET

Tim Hoogland departs Melbourne Victory

Tim Hoogland departs Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory wishes to thank defender Tim Hoogland for his service to the club, after he informed the football department he would be returning to Europe.

The reintroduction of Stage 3 restrictions in Melbourne combined with the extension and relocation of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season to a hub in Sydney, is behind Hoogland’s decision to move his family home to Germany.

Hoogland thanked the club for its ongoing support during an extremely challenging season.

“I would like to thank everyone at Melbourne Victory for the way they welcomed me and my family since we arrived,” Hoogland said.

“This season has been challenging for so many reasons, and my family has supported me every step of the way. With the current environment in Melbourne and the league moving to Sydney, I have to put my family first.

“We have loved our time in Melbourne. It is a fantastic city, and Victory is very professional club full of great people.

“I want to thank my teammates, coaches and support staff for making this an enjoyable season despite the challenges. Thank you to the Chairman, Board and administration staff for all your hard work off the field.

“I’d also like to thank the Victory members and fans who create such a fantastic atmosphere, please continue to stand behind the club and support each other through this season and beyond.”

Football Operations Manager, Paul Trimboli, wished Hoogland well on his return to Germany.
 
“We understand why Tim has made the decision to return home with his family, and we thank him for his time at Victory this season,” Trimboli said.

“Despite an interrupted season through injury and the suspension of the league, Tim has demonstrated he is the ultimate professional and a wonderful person to have around the dressing room.

“Tim will always be welcome at Melbourne Victory and we wish him well for the next chapter of his career.”