Adelaide United’s Andwele Slory has retired from football effective immediately.
The 29-year old Dutchman has decided to hang up his boot and return to his homeland to start a new business venture.
Slory joined the Reds in late 2010 after a stint with Bulgarian outfit Levski Sofia but after 11 matches with the A-League club has pulled the pin on his professional career.
“I want to thank Rini (Coolen), the club and particularly the football department because I have developed a really good relationship with them,” Slory said.
“I owe a lot to Rini for getting me to Australia because he wanted me to come here and help me to get my love of the game back.
“Now I just want to go a different way and I want to thank everyone at the club for giving me such a wonderful time and I look forward to coming back here one day to watch the team play.
“But nobody can change my mind and I’ve thought about it and it’s been playing on my mind for a very long time, and I’ve made a decision to go back to my family and friends in Holland.”
Slory kicked off his career with Dutch club Telstar in 2000 and went onto play with other homeland clubs Stormvogels Telstar, Excelsior and Feyenoord before moving to England with West Bromwich Albion in 2010 and then to Sofia and Adelaide. He represented the Holland national team on two occasions.