Huge shockwaves were sent through the National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competition as Sydney Olympic’s Spanish sensation and one of the league’s most prolific strikers Alejandro Sanchez has decided to play football back in his homeland in Spain.
The Blues officially released the news on Wednesday as Sanchez requested a release from his 2020 NPL NSW Men’s contract to return home to be closer to hi family as well as taking up a new football challenge.
Sydney Olympic CEO John Boulous acknowledged the positive contribution Sanchez made both on and off the field.
“Alex is an exceptional talent on the field who was instrumental in our 2018 season where we won the Premiership and Championship.
“He was a crowd and NPL favourite, that entertained fans with his quality skills and attacking play and will be very much missed.
“While we would have loved Alex, as a key member of our squad to stay for this season, we would never stand in his way as he undertakes the next stage of his life and we wish him the best of luck with this.
“Alex was rightfully considered one of the best foreign players to participate in the NPL NSW competition, as well as being a wonderful person off the field, who was always very happy to assist and inspire our younger players and fans.”
An emotional Sanchez was sad to be leaving a Club where he experienced many memorable moments with the biggest being winning the NPL NSW Men’s Grand Final in 2018 and scoring a brace in front of over 7,000 fans at Leichhardt Oval.
“It is with mixed emotions that I make this decision, it was very difficult for me as I have Olympic in my heart and have loved my time with the best Club in Australia. I will be an Olympic fan forever and follow them closely from Spain.
“I would like to thank Damon, Bill and John for giving me this opportunity to play for Olympic, they made me feel at home from day 1 and I can’t put into words how grateful I am.
“To the Coaching staff, physio’s, Chris and Sammy and support staff thank you making me a better footballer and individual and I look forward to staying in contact with you.
“To the fans that supported me at every match, I hope I gave you as much joy as you gave to me by coming to watch each week, Olympic has the best supporters in the league.
“To all the players I have played with while I was here, you are more than teammates, you are family to me and I cannot thank you enough for the support and friendship we have made now and will continue into the future.
“I would like to wish everyone in the Sydney Olympic family the very best for the future and a premiership and championship in 2020”.
The club announced that Charles Lokolingoy will be joining the Blues alongside another former A-League players in Seb Ryall and Fábio Ferreira as new coach Terry Palapanis closes in on his new recruits for the 2020 season.
Sanchez will go down in NPL NSW Men’s history books as being one of the most successful imports ever to grace the football pitches across the top tier league and will leave behind some amazing memories, having scored a plethora of goals as well as starring as the magic man he was on and off the pitch.
Alejandro Sanchez you will be missed!