Australian defender Robert Cornthwaite has decided to hang up his boots after announcing his retirement on Monday, and leaves with Malaysia Super League (MSL) side Perak FA being his last club.
“I had always planned on this year being my last season as a professional footballer, but after considering many different factors I’ve decided to call time on my playing career,” said Cornthwaite via his Instagram page.
“I knew it was time when I was more excited to take up new passions and felt that football was no longer my priority. It has been the most enjoyable 14 years and no one can ever take away the memories and achievements I worked so hard for.”
“I can honestly say I feel I got the most of out of my career and experienced everything the game has to offer.”
The towering centre-back leaves the game as one of the most amicable and approachable foreign players to have graced the MSL.
After starting his professional career with A-League side Adelaide City, Cornthwaite went on to build his career in Australia, before a move to Korea with Jeonnam Dragons beckoned in 2011.
The England-born played in Korea from 2011-2014, before Selangor FA came calling.
I had always planned on this year being my last season as a professional footballer but after considering many different factors I’ve decided to call time on my playing career. . I knew it was time when I was more excited to take up new passions and felt that football was no longer my priority. It has been the most enjoyable 14 years and no one can ever take away the memories and achievements I worked so hard for. I can honestly say I feel I got the most of out of my career and experienced everything the game has to offer. . I would like to thank all the clubs who gave me a platform to live out my dream, all the coaching and backroom staff that have helped and taught me so much, all the players who became friends and family, my agent Zeljko Susa @thepitchmgt who without the last 7 years in Asia wouldn’t have been possible and all my mates who have been with me since day one. . Mostly I’d like to say thank you to my family, my mum and dad who drove me all around Australia and followed me all over the world. My wife who quit her career to follow me and raised two children in Asia without the support of family and friends. My two sisters who are my biggest fans, my extended family especially my mother in law who came and visited every city we have lived in to help us out. . You have all played a huge roll in my career and my journey has been yours as well as mine. We did it together! . Full thank you messages in story highlights 🎥 . #football #footballer #retire #footballgame #footballculture #family #life #passion #friends #club #life #dream #retirement #party #done
With the Red Giants, Cornthwaite became a key member of their Malaysia Cup success in 2015.
Despite playing an integral role in their triumph, Cornthwaite was shockingly released and he returned to Australia to play for Western Sydney Wanderers.
But Malaysia came calling again, and the lure of working with his former coach Mehmet Durakovic was too hard to resist, so Cornthwaite joined the Bos Gaurus this season.
In total, he made 11 appearances this season with one goal to his name.
Perak have swiftly moved on to replace Cornthwaite with Lebanese centre-back Jad Noureddine.
Noureddine has mostly played in the Lebanese and Indonesian league, and joins Durakovic’s team from Al-Safa SC.
Perak are habouring hopes of finishing in the top two with nine matches left to play.
They would have bridged the gap on league leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim should they have etched a result at Larkin Stadium last Saturday, but lost 2-0 to sit third behind Pahang FA.
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