Veteran Redlands midfielder says goodbye
Redlands United captain Graham Fyfe has announced he will not be returning to the club in 2019.
The 35-year-old has spent the last decade at the club after arriving from New Zealand based side Hawkes Bay United in 2009 and won the Queensland State League Grand Final in the same year. Fyfey, as he is affectionately known as, did not participate in Redlands 4-0 loss to 2018 NPL Premiers Lions FC on Friday due to an injury.
"It would've been cool to play and finish off with a home game but I have a slight injury that isn't worth risking but it's a bit emotional," Fyfe said.
"It's been 10 years but I wish the club all the best and sometimes it's time to move on," he said.
Last weeks crucial 2-1 win over Western Pride, which meant Redlands would stay up in the NPL competition for 2019, was his last time playing for the club. However, his last home game for Redlands came against Magpies Crusaders, a match where he scored two goals to help the side to an important win.
He became the first player in Queensland to reach 100 National Premier League and altogether has played 234 first grade matches for Redlands.
While Fyfe has made a number of achievements including a Brisbane Premier League Premiership in 2012 and the NPL Championship in 2016, he rates the 2-1 win over A-League Premiers and Champions at the time, Adelaide United highly in his memorable moments.
However, it is still hard to choose a moment which stands out from the rest.
"It's been so long so it's hard to pick one moment," Fyfe said.
"So of the memories keep coming back as the months gone," he said.
Fyfe has promised his playing career isn't over just yet, joking he might face Redlands one day, but for now, he will be looking to take off a couple of months to spend time with his family.