Cornthwaite off to Korea

Adelaide United defender Robert Cornthwaite is the latest player to depart the Reds after jetting out to K-League club Chunnam Dragons on Tuesday morning.

Adelaide United defender Robert Cornthwaite is the latest player to depart the Reds after jetting out to K-League club Chunnam Dragons on Tuesday morning.

Cornthwaite was contracted with United until 2013 and his pending two-year deal with the Dragons will be subject to a medical upon arrival.

The 25 year-old becomes the fifth player to leave the club post-season with captain Travis Dodd signing for Perth Glory, Mathew Leckie joining German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach, while Paul Reid and Dario Bodrusic were both released.

Former Reds defender Iain Fyfe also made the switch to the K-League earlier this season when he signed for Busan I'Park at the end of January while Sasa Ognenovski paved the way for Australian defenders in Korea when he left the Reds for Seognam Ilhwa in 2009.

Cornthwaite admitted he is excited with the latest chapter in his career.

"I'm a little bit nervous but excited at the same time because every player wants to continue their career trying to make it overseas and this is a great opportunity to do that," Cornthwaite said.

"The season has just started over there, they (Chunnam) contacted me on Thursday and it was a whirlwind deal and they want to get me over there as soon as possible."

"It's a bit disappointing that I haven't been able to say goodbye to everyone here but I'll definitely keep in touch with my friends in Adelaide."

"My time at Adelaide United and being able to play for my home city has been really special. I would like to thank the club and the fans for the past six years and hopefully I could be back playing for the Reds again someday."

Adelaide United football director Michael Petrillo admitted while the move had happened suddenly, the club were delighted Cornthwaite could secure a move overseas.

"It has all happened very quickly but we're delighted for Robert, and the club will not stand in the way of someone wanting to progress their career overseas," Petrillo said.

"Both Robert and the club are happy with the deal and while it is still subject to a medical and is not finalised yet, I hope it works out for him because it's a good deal and you don't get too many opportunities to prove yourself at bigger clubs."

Cornthwaite was one of only three remaining inaugural United members along with Dodd and Lucas Pantelis and went on to make 139 appearances (8 goals) for the Reds in all competitions.