Victory marquee Bozanic signs with J.League club

Oliver Bozanic Source: Getty Images

Melbourne Victory marquee Oliver Bozanic is leaving AAMI Park to join Ventforet Kofu, the J.League side have announced.

The Japanese outfit confirmed Bozanic will sign, pending a medical, and is set to join the team at training from Friday.

The news comes after the 2014 World Cup Socceroos midfielder was omitted from Victory's squad that thrashed Perth 4-1 in the A-League last weekend, amid speculation he was in talks for a transfer.

Bozanic joined Victory in 2015 on a three-year marquee contract as a midfield anchor - replacing Mark Milligan - and the 28-year-old's departure will give Victory more leverage in their bid to retain off-contract star James Troisi.

Troisi's form this season has easily been worthy of marquee status and earned the attacker a Socceroos recall this week.

Source AAP