Al Hassan Toure ends Reds stint with Macarthur move

MACARTHUR FC have added more firepower to their off-season recruiting with the capture of young Adelaide winger Al Hassan Toure.

The 21-year-old elected to leave United, where he won the Mark Viduka Medal in the 2019 FFA Cup Final, after realising that his starting opportunities would be limited this season.

Instead he will come under Ante Milicic’s tutelage at Macarthur, adding to a roster revamp that has already netted Tomi Juric – also from Adelaide – Daniel De Silva, Ulises Davila and Craig Noone.

With United’s forward line already boasting depth from Toure’s brother Mohamed, Craig Goodwin, Kusini Yengi and Yaya Dukuly, coach Carl Veart agreed to release Al Hassan Toure to enable him to seek more regular first-team football.

“As we approach the new season, it was becoming clearer that Al Hassan wasn’t going to be part of our starting 11 week in, week out, given our depth in wide positions,” Veart said.

“At this stage in his development it is paramount he has consistent opportunities to play. We discussed our plans with him and ultimately agreed that it was in Al Hassan’s best interest to seek a fresh start.

“Al Hassan has worked hard for Adelaide United since first joining our Youth Team from Croydon Kings and we wish him the best as he seeks regular football.”

After 36 appearances and seven goals over two seasons at Adelaide, Toure paid tribute to the club.

“I want to thank everyone at Adelaide United for my time at the Club,” he said. “It’s sad to be leaving, but we were able to achieve some great things together and these are memories I’ll cherish for a long time.

“I wish the boys and the club all the best for the future.”