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Sydney FC and Tavares part ways

  • Sydney FC and Tavares part ways

Sydney FC and midfielder Mickael Tavares have officially agreed to part ways, freeing up the out-of-favour midfielder to sign with Central Coast.

Though Tavares still had a season to run on his Sky Blues contract, the 33-year-old Senegalese international's departure comes as little surprise given he has not featured in any of the side's past three games.

The mutual agreement to terminate his contract allows him to follow cousin and fellow Sydney exile Jacques Faty to the Mariners, for whom he is expected to sign imminently pending a medical.

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"Mickael had a great start to his career at Sydney FC and helped us reach the heights last year in our record-breaking season," coach Graham Arnold said.

"This season things haven't gone as well and we have agreed to part company, but I wish him very well for the future and the best of luck to him and his family."

Tavares has played 34 matches since joining Sydney in January 2015 alongside Faty.

The pair's arrival coincided with last season's grand-final run and record 50-point tally.

But like Faty, Tavares has struggled to recapture that form and has often played second fiddle to talented new holding midfielder Brandon O'Neill.

It's the second of what will almost certainly be numerous exits as Arnold looks to rebuild following a underwhelming seventh-place A-League finish.

Tavares thanked Sydney for giving him the opportunity to play in Australia.

"I have some good memories including our record-breaking run and reaching the grand final," he said.

"I'd like to thank the Sydney FC members and fans for their support, they have been fantastic and I wish the club the best for the future."

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