Olympic FC wish to advise Zac Anderson has retired from football effective immediately to focus on his quickly expanding business start-up, First Eleven Club.
Anderson’s retirement brings a storied playing career to an end that saw him win the A-League, represent Australia at youth level and play professionally overseas in Malaysia, Singapore and the UAE.
Anderson had a big impact during his year at Olympic, playing a crucial part in a defensive unit that conceded the least goals and kept the most clean sheets during the 2021 NPL Queensland Season.
The 30-year-old, who’s leadership and experience had a hugely positive influence on a young side, scored five goals during his time in red and white was also named in the NPL Queensland Team of the Season.
Anderson’s focus now turns to his start up, First Eleven Club (F11) which will require him to spend large parts of 2022 overseas.
F11 is a digital football NFT, the platform allows fans and stakeholders to experience the best of the football world with the latest news, live scores and fixtures while having access to NFT collections of a range of players and clubs.
Anderson thanked everyone involved at Olympic for a fantastic year.
“Today, I wish to inform the football community that I have made the difficult decision with the full support of my family, and Olympic Football Club to step away from playing football indefinitely to pursue other personal opportunities.
“The past 12 months have been some of the most enjoyable moments of my football career, since returning home to Brisbane and committing myself to Olympic FC.
“After leaving professional football in 2020, I wasn’t at all interested to continue playing up until I spoke with Ben Cahn and began working with the talented group of men Ben and Olympic had assembled.
“Ben’s attention to detail to prepare the team week in week out has been second to none, and I am honoured to have finished my career under his leadership.
“I want to personally acknowledge Ben Cahn, for his overwhelming support, friendship and professional expertise and wish him all the best for the future, as I know bigger opportunities await.
“I want to recognise and say a big thankyou to the Olympic Committee for the opportunity to return home and play one final season in front of my close friends and family.
“Lastly, to the special group of people from the NPL Men’s squad who became my football family, including the entire coaching/support staff and playing group from 2021 and 2022.
“Thank you all for the special moments we shared, all the very best.”
Olympic wishes to thank Zac for a fantastic contribution during his time at the club and wish him every success in the future.