Reds release Izzo


Goalkeeper Paul Izzo has decided to end his time with the Adelaide United Football Club.

Izzo, who has signed with another football club, has decided to move on in the hope to secure first team football and has therefore requested that his contract with the Reds be terminated.

Due to Galekovic’s continual outstanding form between the posts, Izzo has found it tough trying to break into the Red’s first team, but he is hopeful a move will bring more game time in the Hyundai A-League.

The young goalkeeper signed with Adelaide United in January 2012 and has since made seven Hyundai A-League appearances for the club to go with his one in the Westfield FFA Cup.

Throughout his Reds tenure, Izzo has also been a regular in Australian squads at Under 20 level.

Izzo, a product of the Campbelltown City Soccer Club was selected to be a part of the AIS program before signing his first professional contract with the Reds.

Speaking before his departure, Paul Izzo was very grateful of what the club has done for him.

“I want to firstly say thank you to the Club for allowing me to pursue this opportunity,” said Izzo.

“It was a tough decision to leave this amazing club and especially the environment within the change rooms, but I know it’s the right one.

“The past three seasons have been amazing and I’ve learnt so much, especially under the guidance of Blaza (Peter Blazincic) and of course working with Euge (Eugene Galekovic).

Adelaide United Head Coach Josep Gombau wished Izzo well in the next stage of his footballing career.

“We wish Izzo good luck in his next chapter,” said Gombau.

“He is a player that brings to us a lot and knowing that he is under Eugene, the best goalkeeper in the league, it is more difficult to secure game time.

“We just want to wish the best of luck to him, but the people need to understand that even though he is from Adelaide, he wants to try and go to another club aiming to have the minutes that he doesn’t have here.”

Goalkeeper Coach, Peter Blazincic who has trained him for the past three years, knew the time was right for Izzo to seek more first team football.

“Coaching Izzo has been good for both of us; having him here and seeing him progress; he has obviously matured a lot,” said Blazincic.

“My job and role in the club is to make A-League keepers and if we can’t accommodate them, then we wish them all the best to achieve that goal of playing in the A-League and going further.

“As with all the keepers that we’ve produced, like Izzo, we hope that someday we can bring them back to our club and represent us.”