Former Socceroo Tommy Oar will always hold a special place for Macarthur FC Bulls and their fans.
Oar was the very first player signed by the Bulls once they got their A-League licence in early 2020.
And for various reasons months passed before a second player signing was announced by the Campbelltown based club.
Now the club’s inaugural signing has announced his retirement from professional football.
Oar, pictured above, featured in 48 matches for the club, scoring on two occasions, with incredible volleys.
He also represented his country 28 times, including in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and has two goals to his name for his country, along with six goal assists.
He says retiring was never going to be an easy decision, but now feels like the right time.
“I have been fortunate to meet some wonderful people over the last 14 years, travel to and live in some amazing places, enjoy some incredible moments with teammates and staff and I am extremely proud of what I have been able to achieve,’’ Oar said.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their support, since I was a young boy, allowing me to achieve my football dream.
“I’m excited for the future and continuing my passion and support for football from the sidelines.’’
Bulls Group CEO Sam Krslovic has wished Tommy Oar the best of luck.
“Tommy played an integral part in developing the culture and set up of the club from a leadership group perspective. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
“We would like to congratulate Tommy Oar on an incredible career,’’ Mr Krslovic said.
In other club news, James Meredith, pictured at right, has become the second Bulls player in a week to announce he’s hanging up his boots.
But in his case, Meredith has announced that he is immediately turning his hand to coaching – at the Bulls.
It means Meredith’s time at the Bulls will continue alongside new head coach Dwight Yorke and assistant coach Russell Latapy.
The left-back has been with the club since their inaugural season and has amassed 40 appearances with the Bulls as well as three goals to his name.
Speaking about his decision to move towards the coaching staff side, Meredith said: “I look forward to working under great professionals and a good team.
“To join the ranks with the likes of Anthony Crea, his wealth of experience and knowledge is something I can take on board and use to further my career.”