A-League championship-winning goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas is leaving Melbourne Victory to join Danish club SonderjyskE.
Thomas, 28, debuted for the Victory in November 2011 and made 151 appearances in all competitions for the club.
He helped the Victory to the premiership-championship double in 2015, and was awarded the Joe Marston Medal for a best-on-field performance in the Melbourne team’s 2018 grand final win over the Newcastle Jets.
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“I’m excited but at the same time sadness leaving what I feel is home for me,” Sydney product Thomas said.
“I’ve been at the club for nine years and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
“For me it’s a new challenge and the main reason is for me to look myself in the mirror once my career’s done and really say that I pushed to the highest level possible.
“You never know what’s around the corner. You never know what the future holds, I may be back here.”
SonderjyskE play in the Danish Superliga outfit, finishing the 2019-20 season in 11th spot.
Thomas, who sat on the bench in the Victory’s 2-1 weekend loss to Western United, leaves for Denmark this week.
Victory football operations general manager Paul Trimboli thanked Thomas for his service.
“When Lawrence arrived at the club he had to do the hard yards, but he persisted and worked tirelessly,” Trimboli said.
“He grabbed his opportunity with both hands at the back end of the 2014-15 season and never looked back.
“Lawrence has been a wonderful person for our club both on and off the field and we wish him all the best for his move to Europe. He will always be welcome at Victory.”
Thomas’ long-time deputy Matt Acton was the Victory’s goalkeeper against Western United, with the former Brisbane gloveman again set to play on Wednesday night against the Roar at Bankwest Stadium.