Melbourne Victory wishes to thank goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas for his service and dedication to the club over the past nine seasons, following notification that he intends to continue his playing career overseas.
Thomas has flagged his desire to ply his trade overseas in previous years and the 28-year-old has now agreed to terms with a European club and will depart Australia in the coming days.
Thomas said Melbourne Victory will always hold a special place in his heart.
“I want to thank the Chairman and the Board for their support over my time at the club, the environment you have established at Melbourne Victory is the best in the competition,” Thomas said.
“Thank you to the administration staff, volunteers and those who work hard behind the scenes. You’re all great people, I really enjoyed sharing the club with you and wish you all well for the future.
“To all the coaches and goalkeeping coaches I’ve had over the journey, thank you for all that you have done for me. You’ve not only developed and improved me as a player but you’ve also helped me become a better person as well.
“Thank you to every single player that I’ve played with. It’s been an absolute pleasure playing with you all and I’ve created many great friendships along the journey.
“To all the members and fans, your support has been incredible during my time at the club. I get goosebumps every time I walk out onto AAMI Park, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you.
“For me the move to Europe presents a great opportunity for my career, I’m excited but there’s also a touch of sadness. I’ve been at the club for nine years and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
“Keep supporting each other, back the boys in and continue to stand alongside the club.”
General Manager Football Operations, Paul Trimboli, wished Thomas all the best for his move to Europe.
“On behalf of everyone at Melbourne Victory we would like to thank Lawrence for his service and professionalism during his nine seasons at the club,” Trimboli said.
“When Lawrence arrived at the club he had to do the hard yards, but he persisted and worked tirelessly. He grabbed his opportunity with both hands at the back end of the 2014/15 season and never looked back.
“Lawrence has been a wonderful person for our club both on and off the field and we wish him all the best for his move to Europe. He will always be welcome at Victory.”
Lawrence Thomas bio:
- 122 A-League games
- 2014/15 Premiership and Championship winner
- 2015 FFA Cup winner
- 2017/18 Championship winner
- 2017/18 Joe Marston Medallist