Marquee Kone leaves Western United

Panagiotis Kone of Western United has opted to return to Greece.
Panagiotis Kone of Western United has opted to return to Greece.

Western United have parted ways with marquee and inaugural A-League signing Panagiotis Kone.

The midfielder signed a two-year contract when he joined the A-League newcomers last year but will now return home to Greece in the coming days.

A former Greece international, Kone has made 15 appearances for United in the club's first season, scoring two goals.

"I want to thank Western United for giving me the opportunity to be part of this club," he said.

"I wish the best of luck to all the players, staff and members."

The A-League season resumes this Friday but United will not feature in the opening weekend as the three Melbourne clubs are working through their 14-day quarantine.

Meanwhile, United have appointed Ante Kovacevic as general manager of football. He will commence at United on July 20 and join the club in their NSW hub.

Kovacevic held a similar role at Adelaide United from 2015 to 2019.

In that time the Reds won the 2015-16 premiership-championship double, followed by back-to-back FFA Cups in 2018 and 2019.

Australian Associated Press