FILE PHOTOS: Football – World Cup – Group C – Denmark vs Australia – Samara Arena, Samara, Russia – 21 June 2018 Mile Jedinak Australia Movement after the REUTERS / Dylan Martinez match

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former Australia captain Mile Jedinak said he had retired from football, having resigned from international players in 2018 and had not played a professional game since then.

The 35-year-old, who won 79 caps for the Socceroos and took them to the 2015 Asian Cup title, said he hopes to continue playing after being released by Aston Villa last year.

Australian media reported that the A-League had expressed interest in signing the defensive midfielder, who had appeared in three World Cups.

“I want to thank all the clubs that I represent for giving me the opportunity to do so,” Jedinak posted on social media.

“Coaches, staff, teammates, supporters, you all play your part so thank you … Now it’s time for a new chapter.”

Jedinak began his professional career in Sydney but made his name at Crystal Palace. He played there from 2011 to 2016, helping guide the team back to the Premier League, before joining Aston Villa in 2016.

Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa


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