Perth Glory FC confirms that attacking midfielder Travis Dodd will not be offered a new contract by the Club at the end of this Hyundai A-League season.
Perth Glory FC confirms that attacking midfielder Travis Dodd will not be offered a new contract by the Club at the end of this Hyundai A-League season. The decision by Perth Glory follows an assessment by the Club-s medical team of the anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained by Dodd in March 2013.
Dodd who signed for the Club in March 2011, played 48 times for Perth Glory scoring on 9 occasions. In his last match for the Club against Melbourne Victory in March 2013, he scored a 38 minute goal in a 3-2 win before coming off in the 81 minute with his injury.
Born in Adelaide, Dodd made his National Soccer League debut for Adelaide City at the age of 16 and went on to play 187 games in the NSL. Following a brief overseas career in Malaysia and Greece which saw him play five times in the UEFA Cup, Dodd returned to play for his hometown team at the launch of the A-League in 2005, winning the 2005-06 A-League Premiership with Adelaide United. In 2007, Dodd became the first Australian player to score a hat-trick in the Asian Champions League, and in the following year was made captain of Adelaide United and became the first Adelaide United player to play 100 games. He went on to score 30 goals for the club prior to his move to Perth Glory in 2011.
Dodd made international debut for Australia at Allianz Stadium on 16 August 2006 against Kuwait, scoring the opening goal and providing the assist for the second. Dodd's goal was the first ever international goal scored by an Indigenous Australian player.
Seen amongst fellow Australian footballers as a true leader, Dodd is currently a Professional Footballer's Association representative, Fox Sports commentator, and an expert side-line analyst for the ABC's Hyundai A-League commentary team.
"Travis is an extremely popular member of our team, a true fan favourite. He is a thorough professional and respected by everyone involved here at the Club," CEO Jason Brewer said.
"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with such a professional leader in times of success and uncertainty, and on be half of everyone at the Club we wish Travis Dodd all the best."
“Given the severity of his injury, Travis has been unable to play this season and will continue his rehabilitation and recovery work with the Club” Brewer concluded.
Supporters will have the chance to congratulate Dodd on his career with the Perth Glory FC this weekend against the Central Coast Mariners in the People-s Game, where he will be reporting on the side-line for the ABC Grandstand radio production team.
We hope all supporters take the chance to give their thanks to such a tireless worker and supporter for the Club. Thank-you Travis.