Santalab and Wanderers go separate ways

Brendon Santalab has parted company with A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers

Veteran striker Brendon Santalab has quit the Western Sydney Wanderers, after the A-League club offered him an administrative role only for the new season.

Santalab, the winner of the Wanderers Medal last year and club's all-time leading goalscorer, wants to extend his playing career by at least another season.

"Brendon has been a wonderful servant for the club and we thank him for his contribution during his five seasons with us," said Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas.

"On and off the pitch Brendon has shown passion and pride in the club, and been a fantastic ambassador with his roles in the community.

"While we were hopeful that Brendon would take up a prominent role within our community program that was offered to him, we totally understand and respect his desire to continue his career as professional footballer."

Santalab has been linked with a move to Perth Glory where he could team up with former mentor Tony Popovic.

The 35-year-old spent five seasons with the Red and Black, during which he endeared himself to the Wanderers faithful.

"It's been an incredible journey," said Santalab. "I leave the Wanderers with an Asian Champions League Winners Medal, Player of the Year (Wanderers Medal) award in 2016/17, two golden boot awards and currently hold the club's all-time goalscorer title.

"I'm delighted with my time at the Wanderers."