Roar agree Paartalu transfer

Tuesday, 15 January 2013 3:43 PM

Roar agree Paartalu transfer

Brisbane Roar has reached an agreement for the transfer of dual-Championship winning midfielder Erik Paartalu to Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Teda.

Subject to the successful completion of a medical in China next week, Paartalu will transfer to Tianjin immediately, meaning he has drawn a curtain on his highly successful time with Brisbane.

Paartalu signed from Scottish side Greenock Morton prior to the Hyundai A-League 2010/11 season, penning a three-year deal which was set to expire at the conclusion of the current campaign.

The defensive midfielder played an important role in Brisbane's back-to-back Championships, including his celebrated headed goal in extra time against the Central Coast Mariners which sent the 2011 Grand Final to penalties with virtually the last touch of the match and a successful effort in the subsequent shoot-out.

In all, Paartalu represented the club in 85 official matches, a total which includes all six of Brisbane's inaugural AFC Champions League campaign games.

Brisbane Roar Head Coach Mike Mulvey wished Paartalu well on the next phase of his career.

"The history books will always mark Erik's on field contribution in helping secure Brisbane's first two Championship trophies," Mulvey said.

"He has been very professional in my time at the club and shown a commitment in helping the club turn things around.

"He is moving on and we now need to concentrate on the players who remain at the club.

"We wish Erik all the best for his future."

General Manager Sean Dobson also wished Paartalu the best with his new challenge, saying the club would always support the ambitions of its players.

"As a club we recognise we are losing one of the players who played an enormous part in our success over the past two seasons," Dobson said.

"However, we will never stand in the way of a player who wants a fresh challenge in their career.

"At this point in time Erik believes this is a move which can benefit his football career and we wish him all the best on his new path."

As part of club policy, and in respect to all parties, the club will be making no comment on the terms of the agreement.

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