Kosta Barbarouses leaves Melbourne Victory

New Zealand footballer Kosta Barbarouses will depart Melbourne Victory after declining a contract extension from the A-League club.

kosta barbarouses of the victory celebrates after scoring his sides third and winning goal during the a league match between the melbourne victory and perth glory at aami park in melbourne australia
KOSTA BARBAROUSES of the Victory celebrates after scoring his sides third and winning goal during the A-League match between the Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

New Zealand footballer Kosta Barbarouses will depart Melbourne Victory for pastures new after declining a contract extension.

The 29-year-old finishes his second stint with the A-League club with 161 appearances and 51 goals across 2013-16 and 2017-19.

"We put forward an offer to keep Kosta here as we build towards our next chapter as a club, however he unfortunately declined this offer," football operations general manager Paul Trimboli said on Thursday.

"Kosta has not only been a terrific servant to Melbourne Victory over his two stints with the club, but also a great individual both on and off the field."

His time with the club includes the historic domestic treble season in 2014-15, in which the forward proved crucial to Victory's A-League Premiership, Championship and FFA Cup title wins.

He also scored the winning goal in the 2017-18 Grand Final against Newcastle Jets to secure a fourth championship for the club.

Barbarouses has been linked to a shock switch to Sydney FC for next season, having reportedly agreed personal terms with the club.


AAP