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Cornthwaite's Wanderers exit more about money than coach - Bridge

Cornthwaite's Wanderers exit more about money than coach - Bridge
From ESPN - January 16, 2018

Robbie Cornthwaite's departure from Western Sydney had more to do with the riches of Asian football than his relationship with coach Josep Gombau, according to Mark Bridge.

Wanderers striker Bridge has lamented the loss of his "great captain" Cornthwaite, who joins Malaysian side Perak TBG having been benched for multiple A-League games this season by Gombau.

Cornthwaite was rumoured to have been unhappy under Gombau's regime but has denied his exit was over a fallout with the coach, who he said expressed a desire for him to stay.

Bridge believes the time was right for the veteran defender to seek an opportunity elsewhere.

"I am pretty sure him and the Wanderers were in discussions for a new deal. I do not think it's bad blood between him and Josep," Bridge told Sky Sports Radio on Wednesday.

"The A-League just ca not compete with the Asian contracts.

"He's coming to the end of his career. He needs to do what's best for him and his family and he feels that's the best option. We wish him luck.

"He's going to be a big loss. He is a great captain, a great leader and he's a great guy in the dressing room."

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