No more Glory for Rizzo, Foxe

January 30, 2009
By Justin Chadwick

Perth Glory have cut ties with injury-plagued defender Hayden Foxe and winger Nick Rizzo.

Foxe, a former Socceroo who played for English Premier League outfits Portsmouth, West Ham and Leeds, managed just eight games over two years for the Glory in a stint blighted by a series of leg and foot injuries.

"It really is an unfortunate circumstance and a very tough decision because when Hayden is out there and playing he is outstanding," Glory coach Dave Mitchell said.

"I felt that part of our problem in the past has been that we have had too many players unavailable throughout the year and that has been costly.

"Hayden is a terrific player, that's the really sad bit about it, we're letting a good player go but the reality is that he has spent limited time on the pitch and I need to have players that are going to be available week in and week out to build some continuity in the squad."

Rizzo, who spent time with Liverpool and Crystal Palace, played some of his best football for the Glory this season but saw his opportunities dry up once Dutchman Victor Sikora arrived.

"Nick came back with a wonderful attitude and desire to make his return to Australia a success but was impacted by injury and always battled against the tide to get to his best," Mitchell said.

"Again, this was a tough decision, Nick is a terrific person and great to have around the change rooms but in the end my decision is based on what we need on the pitch and I felt as though we needed to look in a different direction."