Horsley quits Glory, gives the game away
Matt Horsley is to retire from professional football in December for family reasons.
The Perth Glory player, equally comfortable in midfield or defence, is one of the highest achieving players in the Hyundai A-League, having won four championships in the old NSL.
Horsley has decided to leave Perth to join his wife Deborah, a police officer who was posted to Kununurra in northern WA earlier this year.
The former Wollongong Wolves captain was contracted to the Glory until the end of this season but asked to have his contract terminated by mutual consent.
"About seven or eight weeks ago my wife got posted up to Kununurra and there was talk that I might play out the year but it has just been too hard on my family being apart," Horsley explained.
"I wanted to prove a couple of things before I went away and that was to play in the A-League and to play in the Glory eleven. I have achieved all those things now in the old NSL and the new league and I am happy to be going out on my terms.
"I have been involved in the sport for 15 years now and when I came back from a knee reconstruction I had to prove to myself that I could do it.
"I have done that now and there is not really much left for me to do playing football. It is time for me to support my wife who has supported me through 13 or 14 years of my football career."
The Glory's next two home games (against Newcastle United Jets this Friday and Central Coast Mariners on December 4) will be Horsley's last in national competition.
Glory head coach Steve McMahon paid tribute to Horsley, saying the team would miss him not only on the pitch but off the pitch too.
Horsley made a total of 354 appearances in national competition (seven in the Hyundai A-League), winning four NSL Championships (two with Glory and two with Wollongong).