Adelaide United and Owusu to part ways

Adelaide United FC yesterday announced a mutual termination of striker Lloyd Owusu’s contract with the club, to take effect at the end of December.

The former Ghanaian international played his first game on August 21, 2009 against Gold Coast United.

Owusu has made 16 appearances for the club, all of which came in the 2009/10 Hyundai A-League season. His only goal for the club came in Round 4 of last season in the Reds’ 3-3 draw with North Queensland Fury.

Adelaide United FC Director of Football Michael Petrillo says that Owusu was leaving on good terms.

“Both Lloyd and the club have agreed to terminate his contract, which will allow Lloyd to pursue other opportunities,” Petrillo said. “He is a good professional who during his time here has endeared himself to the playing group. We are sure he can add something to another club in the future and we wish him all the best moving forward.”

Having been known for his goal celebrations and ability to find the back of the ‘old onion bag’ in England, Owusu loomed as a crowd favourite at Hindmarsh, and while it may not have all gone to plan, he is full of compliments about his time in South Australia.

“Coming to Australia has been a great experience for me, but I think the time is right for me to move back to the UK in January,” Owusu said.

“The players and fans have been brilliant to me since day one, and I can’t speak of Adelaide highly enough as a city – the people here really know their football and provide great support to the club.

“I’ve made a lot of friends in Adelaide, and will continue to do everything I can around the place before I leave to help the club keep building on the great start we’ve had to the season.”