Billy Mehmet has expressed disappointment with how things played out at Perth Glory before he was released from his contract last week.
Mehmet, who was Glory’s top scorer early in the season, was not in the squad for Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sydney FC at nib Stadium after parting company with the club by mutual consent on Friday.
Mehmet asked to be released after attracting interest from overseas and has since signed a two-year deal with Thai Premier League side Bangkok Glass FC.
He will move to Thailand this week to begin the next phase of his career.
Mehmet insisted he held no grudges against Glory and maintains strong relationships at the club, but cited the need for more game time as the reason behind his decision to leave.
Mehmet took the opportunity to make his mark when first-choice striker Shane Smeltz was injured early in the season, scoring three goals in Glory’s first six games.
Only midfielder Travis Dodd had matched that tally before Mehmet opted out.
“I was a little bit disappointed with how things went at Perth Glory,” Mehmet said.
“I enjoyed by time there and I’ve got great relationships with a lot of the boys, but I wanted to play week in, week out.
“I got told at the beginning of the season that I wasn’t going to play the first game but I was told that if I came in and did a job up front, I would stay there.
“I came in and I scored three goals in six starts as a striker and then I get moved, so obviously what was said to me and what happened were two different things.”
London-born Mehmet joined Glory in September 2011 and played 42 games for the club, scoring 10 goals.
He was forced to play second fiddle behind marquee player Smeltz but said he understood coach Ian Ferguson’s selection dilemma.
“He’s got decisions to make and at the end of the day it’s his decision,” Mehmet said.
“He’s the gaffer. Personally, for myself, I thought I’d done enough, but in other people’s eyes it wasn’t enough.”
A former youth player at West Ham, the Republic of Ireland under-21 international played in Scotland and Turkey before heading Down Under.
He said discussions with former St Mirren teammate Steven Robb, who plays for Thai Port, helped convince him Thailand would be a good move.
“I spoke to him and he said to me that it’s a good league,” Mehmet said.
“He’s enjoyed it over there and he’s been there for two years now. If he didn’t enjoy it, I’m sure he would’ve been gone.”