Brett Emerton will bring the curtain down on his career with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday before returning 'home' to Australia.

The versatile midfielder, who has also been utilised in the full back position at Ewood Park, has spent eight years with the Lancashire outfit since joining from Feyenoord in 2003.

However, his time with the club is now up after agreeing a move to Sydney FC in the A-League, and the 32-year-old admits Saturday's clash against Everton will be an emotional farewell to his time in England.

"Obviously it is sad to be leaving the club after eight years. It has been a fantastic eight years, I have enjoyed every minute of it and I'm sure it'll be emotional after the game on Saturday, but more importantly is just to concentrate on the game and whether I play a part or not is to hopefully get three points and leave on a high," the Socceroo told the official Blackburn website.

"For family reasons we've decided that now is the right time for us to go back and I'm really looking forward to going back and playing in the A-League and contributing something to football in Australia."

Emerton realised a lifetime ambition when moving to the Barclays Premier League in 2003, with Graeme Souness signing the player for a fee in the region of £2 million.

Along the way, the Aussie has picked up some great memories with the club, and notes three in particular that will stick with him when he returns to his homeland.

"It was always my dream to play in the Premier League so to be at a club like Blackburn Rovers was a dream of mine fulfilled. To spend eight years here, and all of them in the Premier League is something special. It has been great to be here for so long, I think of myself as a loyal person and I've shown my loyalty to the club and they've repaid me by granting me my wish to go back to Australia and I really thank them for that," he said.


 

"In terms of memories, scoring and winning on my debut certainly stands out, and I think the semi-final at Old Trafford against Chelsea, although we lost, I think it was a memorable occasion, I'll always remember the Blackburn fans from that particular day. And, although you never like to be in a relegation battle, surviving on the last day last year and scoring as well was a day I'll never forget."

Looking to the future, Emerton is confident Blackburn are in good hands under manager Steve Kean, and is confident the future looks bright at the club.

With exciting times ahead, the player is expecting to return as a fan in the future, but his immediate thought is helping the team to three points over the weekend.

"I think there are exciting times at Ewood Park at the moment, we've got some good young talented players and from what I hear there'll be a few more entering the frame. I think people just need to be patient and give the players and the coaching staff an opportunity to show what they are capable of and I'm sure at some stage it will just all gel together and you'll see this football club on the up," he concluded.

"I won't be a stranger, I will keep coming back, I'll always be a Blackburn Rovers supporter.

"Right now three points on Saturday is the most important thing it will kick start our season."

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