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Sydney FC chairman reveals Aloisi release 'agreement'

Sydney FC chairman Andrew Kemeny has revealed a "gentlemen's agreement" with John Aloisi which could lead to the striker being offloaded at the end of the season. On a reported $1.4 million-a-year, Aloisi is the highest paid footballer of any code in Australia and his dismal performance this season has led to speculation that Sydney will seek to offload him in the winter.

"I haven't spoken to Aloisi, I don't believe that's necessarily my job," Kemeny told the Sydney Morning Herald. "The coach has been speaking regularly, and if I did speak to him, I would speak to his agent [Paddy Dominguez], who I respect. And look, we did have a gentleman's agreement when we signed Aloisi that if he's not up to the task physically - in other words, if he was injured - he would probably say to us, 'Look guys, it's only fair to both parties that I stop playing.'

"Whether we have reached that stage, I'm not sure - and I'm certainly not qualified to say that, and the decision is not over yet."

Asked if he felt he would have liked more from a marquee player, Kemeny was blunt.

"Of course we would have. That goes without saying," he said.

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