Former Socceroo will wave goodbye after six successful years at the helm.
Football Federation Australia have confirmed that Jack Reilly has stepped down from his role as FFA independent director.
Reilly, a former Australia international in the 1970’s, had served six years as a board member on the Finance and Audit Committee and the Football Development Committee following his appointment in 2007, but has decided to call it a day following the expiration of his most recent two-year term in June.
The 67-year-old was the Socceroos goalkeeper during their debut at the World Cup in 1974 and believes he is leaving the game in safe hands for the future.
“In my six years on the FFA Board I was delighted to see the game grow at all levels, in particular the profile and the playing standards of the A-League,’’ Reilly told The Australian.
“The qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the new leadership of CEO David Gallop tell me the game is in good shape for the years ahead. I’m satisfied with my contribution and will continue to support the game in any way I can.”
FFA chairman Frank Lowy chairman was effusive in his praise for Reilly and lauded his contributions to the growth of the A-League and Australian football during his tenure.
“As a former Socceroo World Cup player Jack brought an insight to the elite tier of the game in Australia and as a former chairman of the Victorian Soccer Federation and former director of Melbourne Victory he clearly understood the historical context of the reforms we’ve undertaken and the great progress made over the past eight years,” Lowry said in a statement.
It is understood that the FFA have yet to select a candidate to fill Reilly’s seat although, under their constitution and the discretion of the board, no timeframe is applied to the appointment of a new independent director.