Veteran Fyfe says goodbye

REDLANDS United captain Graham Fyfe has announced he will not be returning to the club in 2019. 

ON THE ATTACK: Redlands United look to make the most of an attacking free kick. United captain Graham Fyfe is to retire. Photo: Ray Gardner

ON THE ATTACK: Redlands United look to make the most of an attacking free kick. United captain Graham Fyfe is to retire. Photo: Ray Gardner

The 35-year-old has spent the past decade at the club after arriving from New Zealand-based side Hawkes Bay United in 2009 and won the Queensland State League Grand Final in the same year. 

“Fyfey”, as he is affectionately known as, did not take part in Redlands 4-0 loss to 2018 NPL Premiers Lions FC on Friday due to an injury. 

“It would've been cool to play and finish off with a home game but I have a slight injury that isn't worth risking but it's a bit emotional,” Fyfe said.

“It's been 10 years, but I wish the club all the best and sometimes it's time to move on,” he said.

Last weeks crucial 2-1 win over Western Pride, which meant Redlands would stay up in the NPL competition for 2019, was his last time playing for the club.

However, his last home game for Redlands came against Magpies Crusaders, a match where he scored two goals to help the side to an important win.

He became the first player in Queensland to reach 100 National Premier League games and has played 234 first grade matches for Redlands.

While Fyfe has made a number of achievements, including a Brisbane Premier League Premiership in 2012 and the NPL Championship in 2016, he rates the 2-1 win over A-League Premiers and Champions at the time, Adelaide United highly in his career’s most memorable moments.

However, it is still hard to choose a moment which stands out from the rest.

“It's been so long so it's hard to pick one moment,” Fyfe said.

“So many of the memories keep coming back as the months go on.”

Fyfe has promised his playing career is not over just yet.

Fyfe said jokingly that he could face Redlands in the future, but for now, he would be looking to take off a couple of months to spend time with his family.

Read more about Redlands United and the teams’ NPL season online at redlandcitybulletin.com.au.