Adelaide United have confirmed winger Craig Goodwin has left the Hyundai A-League club.
Reports emerged earlier this week that Goodwin was on the radar of Saudi Pro League outfit Al-Wehda, who trumpeted Goodwin's signing on Wednesday.
And the Reds have revealed on Friday night that the Caltex Socceroos attacker has been sold for an undisclosed fee.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Adelaide United for the way they’ve treated me over the last twelve months,” Goodwin said on Adelaide's official website.
“Coming back to South Australia and getting the opportunity to represent my hometown club is something I’ll always be grateful for and to have been part of another team to win silverware here will stay with me throughout the rest of my career.
“I also want to thank the Reds fans for their incredible support and their dedication to the Adelaide United badge because it was an honour to play in front of you.
“It’s sad to be leaving Adelaide, but there will always be a warm place in my heart for a club that has given me so much over my football journey.”
Goodwin enjoyed a standout season for the Reds in 2018/19, highlighted by his match-winning brace in the 2018 FFA Cup Final.
In 29 matches in the Hyundai A-League he scored 10 goals and provided nine assists.
“It is always disappointing to lose key players, but this is the reality of the global football economy for every single club in the world," Reds director of football Bruce Djite said.
"Internally we had hoped Craig would test himself once again in Europe, however, once he made it clear that this was an offer he was very keen to accept, we were not going to stand in his way.
“On behalf of the entire club, I’d like to thank Craig for his great dedication and efforts last season. Craig departs with the club’s blessing and we wish him all the best for his future.”
Featured NewsRead more
Return of the A-League and W-League heralds new era for Australian club football
The countdown is on to the return of the best of Australian club football to stadiums across the country, with confirmation of the start dates of the new A-League and W-League seasons. Download the draw for Round 1-6 of the A-League here. The Australian Professional Leagues
Melbourne City signs Italian attacking midfielder Manuel Pucciarelli
Melbourne City FC is excited to announce the signing of Italian attacking midfielder Manuel Pucciarelli through to the end of the 2022/23 season. Pucciarelli, who turned 30 in June, brings a wealth of experience in one of the world's top leagues, having made 136 appearances in