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Sydney Olympic player Hagi Gligor to retire from football at end of 2023 season

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Sydney Olympic player, Hagi Gligor, has announced his retirement at the end of the 2023 season.

Hagi has served the club with distinction since joining in 2016, making 93 appearances and scoring seven goals. He has been an integral part of the club’s on-field success, winning the NSW Championship and Premiership ‘Double’ in 2018 and the Premiership in 2022.

Playing youth football for Penrith Nepean, Sydney United and Marconi, the talented midfielder was signed by Sydney FC in 2012. Impressive performances in their youth team led to his nomination for National Youth League Player of the Year. At the age of just 17 years-old, Hagi made his A-League debut, coming on as a substitute against the Central Coast Mariners. A starting debut against Melbourne Heart soon followed, as well as a call-up to the U-20 Youth World Cup.

Eventually captaining the Young Socceroos, Hagi spent a season with the Perth Glory, scoring his first A-League goal.

“I often get asked about my time in the A-League and the national team,” Gligor said. “But the happiest moments I’ve had were playing at Belmore Sports Ground.”

“A massive thank you to the players, coaches, staff and fans – and a special mention to Damon Hanlin – for being part of the journey.”

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