Veteran defender departs Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar have confirmed championship-winning defender Jade North has left the club.

North, 36, leaves the club after six seasons in Orange, with the highlight coming in 2014 when he helped the club to the Premiership-Championship double.

In all, he played 115 games for the Roar, scoring four goals.

“I’d like to say thank you to everyone at the club for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to be part of such a special club,” North said on Thursday.

“To the boys, I’d like to wish them good luck in the future and I believe this talented group has the potential to be successful in the years ahead.

“From the kit man to the football department, along with our dedicated administration, I’d like to say thank you for your hard work.

“I’ll never forget our passionate fans and winning that 2013/14 Championship at Suncorp Stadium against the Wanderers in front of a sea of orange.

“Queensland has embraced my family and I by always making us feel at home. I’m not sure what my short-term future holds, but as one door closes another one opens.”

At this stage it's unclear if North will play on for the 2018/19 Season.

The 41-time former Socceroo,

Taree-born North, began his National Soccer League career at the Brisbane Strikers in 1998.

The no-nonsense defender played in club competitions across Europe and Asia as well as representing the Caltex Socceroos 41 times over ten years.  

“Jade is a club legend who has achieved everything as a footballer. He is a leader both on and off the field and on behalf of the BRFC family I’d like to thank him for his hard work and contribution over the past six seasons,” Roar boss John Aloisi said.

“As a former teammate and having the pleasure to coach Jade, he is an outstanding defender and a top professional. I’d like to wish him the best of luck with his future endeavours.”

“Winning a Championship and being such an invaluable member of our club over the last six seasons, I’m sure Jade will hold a special place in the hearts of our fans.”

North is the third player to depart Roar following their exit from the Finals Series, joining Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Massimo Maccarone.

Jade North and Blake Powell