Brisbane Roar have announced star Spanish midfielder Corona is leaving the A-League club.
Head Coach John Aloisi paid tribute to the 35-year-old saying it was a privilege to coach Miguel, who who was named Roar’s player of the season in 2015/16.
“From day one, the way he conducted himself on and off the field was a credit to himself and his family,” said Aloisi.
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“From the very beginning, we knew we had signed a player who would be a true leader at our club.
“Miguel is someone who embraced our club values and we’re fortunate to have known such a great professional.”
Corona bid an emotional farewell to his teammates this morning at training and penned a special message to the Brisbane Roar fans.
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“I would like to thank the Club, the Technical Staff and especially John for giving me the opportunity to play for BRFC,” Corona said.
“To my teammates, thank you for helping me become a better player and taking care of me.
“Finally, thank you to the fans for all the support you have shown me.”
Football Director Craig Moore emphasised the decision to grant Corona an early release from his contract was not an easy one for the club.
“Whilst we are sad to see Miguel go, we understand the reasons for him wanting to return home at this stage of his career,” Moore said.
“I have no doubt that Brisbane Roar made an impression on Miguel and he will help people in Spain understand more about our great club.”
Corona now leaves some big shoes to fill.
The Spanaird was involved in every game for the Brisbane Roar last season, completing 1848 passes leading the league in this area, whilst assisting in five goals and scoring two goals himself.