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Australian Football: Mauk completes Japan switch

Adelaide United have finally parted company with Stefan Mauk who has joined J2 League side Fagiano Okayama for an undisclosed fee.

The Reds are priced at 1/1 to finish in the top six of the A-League this season and are currently sitting pretty in third place after a solid start to the season.

Time to move on

Mauk has played a key role for Carl Veart's side and his form caught the eye the Japanese side who agreed a deal with the Reds a few weeks ago.

The player has been made to wait for a visa and it has meant he has been able to carry on playing for Adelaide United in the A-League.

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But now the time has come to say goodbye and the 26-year-old, who scored 10 goals in 48 appearances during his second spell with the club, has mixed emotions.

"Being from Adelaide, it was a very tough decision to leave my hometown club and a great group of boys," Mauk told the club's website.

"The Club made it clear that they wanted to keep me, but this opportunity to test myself in Japan, while still in the prime of my career, is something I feel I need to do.

"Captaining this team has been a tremendous honour and I’m thankful for the opportunity Carl (Veart) has given and I wish the squad nothing but the best for the remainder of the season."

Veart praise

Meanwhile Veart has also saluted the attitude of the player and has praised him for remaining completely professional while he waited for the move to be finalised.

"We’ve known for a while this move for Stefan was likely, but he has remained an absolute professional and led our squad remarkably," Veart added.

"The way he has carried himself and still given 110 per cent for this team has been exceptional and shows you the type of character Stefan is.

"On behalf of everyone at Adelaide United, I want to thank Stefan for how he has represented the Club and want him to know that he will always be welcomed back. We wish him all the best as he begins a new footballing chapter in Japan."

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