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Reddy joins Roar's player exodus

Another player is set to leave the Brisbane Roar after the A-League club finally agreed to release out-of-favour goalkeeper Liam Reddy on Wednesday.

The move follows Scottish playmaker Charlie Miller sensational walk out last week, and the Roar announced Reddy would follow at the end of the season due to "personal reasons".

Reddy - who had lost his starting place to Griffin McMaster - had another year left on his three-year contract.

It ends a standoff that began when Reddy asked to be released from the final year of his contract so he could link up with Sydney FC.

However, negotiations stalled after Reddy reportedly demanded to be paid out until March with Brisbane only willing to pay the 28-year-old for as long as their 2009-10 season lasted.

And this could be by February if they miss the finals.

But the Roar on Wednesday announced that they had agreed on "compassionate grounds" to release Reddy at the end of the season.

Roar coach Ange Postecoglou stressed that Reddy would still work with the first team squad until then.

"We understand players need to be happy," Postecoglou said.

"I fully expect Liam to continue to contribute to the squad in the professional manner in which he has conducted himself at the club thus far.

"When the time comes we will thank him for his time here and wish him well for the future, however right now we are focused on finishing the season strongly."

Reddy joins a growing departure list at the Roar.

In addition to Miller and Reddy departures, ex-Socceroo Danny Tiatto will be retiring and there is speculation defender Bob Malcolm will be on the outer by next season.

Miller was initially linked to the North Queensland Fury but looks set to sign for Gold Coast United.

The Football Federation Australia have knocked back United's application for Miller to join the Gold Coast as a guest player.

Under A-League rules, a player can't sign up for a guest stint if he has played for another club that season.

But the Gold Coast are reportedly hoping to bring Miller in as an injury replacement for either Robson or fellow Brazilian Jefferson.

If all else fails, United must wait until next month's transfer window and release one of their five visa players to make room for the former Glasgow Rangers midfielder.

After walking out on Brisbane on Friday, Miller was seen sitting with United owner Clive Palmer during the Gold Coast's clash with Central Coast the next night.

Miller - last season's Foreign Player of the Year - started training with United on Tuesday.


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