Final foundation player Shannon Cole to leave Western Sydney Wanderers

Moving on: After five years, Shannon Cole will leave the Wanderers with fond memories, including the Asian Champions League title. Picture: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Moving on: After five years, Shannon Cole will leave the Wanderers with fond memories, including the Asian Champions League title. Picture: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

The Western Sydney Wanderers’ final foundation player Shannon Cole will depart the club in search of a new experience.

Cole made 53 A-League appearances for the Wanderers over his five-year stint with the club, making his debut in the team’s first match against the Central Coast Mariners.

The 32-year-old said: “it feels like a good time to part ways”.

“It’s been an amazing ride to go from day one when we were first brought together and to experience what we’ve gone through and help build the culture that we have now,” Cole said. 

“To do the thing I love and to do it for five years with a club that has already made history and is going to continue to grow and make a huge impact on Australian sport, is something I’m very proud of.

“It’s been a very special ride for me from day one to build a club from nothing and experience some incredible highs, but that can’t last forever.” 

It was in the ACL that Cole made his biggest impact, where he played key role in the Wanderers 2014 triumph in the competition and named in the team of the tournament.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic said: “we’ve been through a lot together and it’s fitting that his final game for the club will be here in Sydney”.

He added that Cole would lead the players out and captain the team.

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