Former Socceroos defender Matthew Spiranovic has retired from professional football after succumbing to a four-month battle with a foot injury.
Spiranovic, 34, has made just four appearances for cellar dwellers Melbourne Victory this season, the most recent being on January 21 in a 3-1 loss to the Glory in Perth.
“After suffering an ongoing foot injury for the last four months, the time has come for me to hang up the boots,” Spiranovic said.
“It is with mixed emotions, as I would have loved nothing more than to finish the season and help get Melbourne Victory back to the top.”
Geelong product Spiranovic made 36 appearances for the Socceroos between 2008 and 2019 and was part of Australia’s 2014 World Cup squad and the national squad that won the 2015 Asian Cup.
He was also in the Western Sydney Wanderers squad that won the 2014 AFC Champions League.
Spiranovic’s club career…