Brisbane announce departure of Championship-winning duo

Brisbane Roar have announced the departures of Tameka Butt and Emily Gielnik.

The two Westfield W-League Championship winners depart Mel Andreatta's side having made a huge contribution to the club over the years.

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Westfield Matilda Tameka Butt became the second player in Roar history to rack up a century of Westfield W-League appearances last season and said it was a difficult decision to leave the Queensland club.

"It's not easy to leave Brisbane and it will be very strange to not be wearing orange this summer," Butt told the club's official website.

"My move has nothing to do with the club or the football, it is purely for my off-field development, following an internship opportunity with Seven Consulting that I can't pass up.

"I have a lot of appreciation for what Brisbane Roar FC has been for me over the last ten years and am grateful to have played with all the girls over that time also."


Meanwhile, Gielnik leaves Brisbane after eight seasons, where she appeared 83 times and hit the back of the net on 30 occasions. 

The 26-year-old says she'll always have fond memories of her time at the Roar.

"I’d firstly like to thank the Roar family for playing an important role in my football development for over eight years. I’ve loved my time at the club and the Brisbane jersey has been a huge part of my footballing life," Gielnik said.

"This decision to leave was most certainly not taken lightly. It was a very tough and emotional decision because orange has always been in my blood. I leave on a good note and I wish the staff, the players, and the club all the best wishes and success for the upcoming season.

"Finally, thank you so much to all the amazing fans and spectators that have shown the most incredible support for me and also for the game we love within women’s football."


Although disappointed to lose the experienced duo, Roar stalwart Mel Andreatta wished Butt and Gielnik the best of luck for the upcoming Westfield W-League 2018/19 campaign.

“Em and Tameka over the years have made a significant contribution to helping the Roar Women achieve success. They will be missed,” Andreatta said.

“It is a natural evolution of any football club that players will always come and go.

“It is important to recognise individuals but understand the team will always move forward and as a group we are determined to be successful in Season 11.”