For more than five years Alex Janovsky has been a key figure at Moreton Bay United.
In that time he was captain for more than four years and made 116 NPL Qld appearances in the gold and black, scoring 22 goals.
Alex was at the helm in our 2017 FFA Cup run to the national Round of 16 and Grand Final - but he has now joined Lions, the club he left to sign for Jets back in 2016.
“There were no hard feelings between myself and club, coaching staff or players,” Alex said of the decision.
“There was an honest conversation and we decided to go in different directions.
“It happened very quickly and of course it felt strange as I've been representing Moreton Bay United for many years.”
During that time he said the biggest highlights came in the same season – 2017.
“(One was) our Grand Final against Western Pride, although we lost the game (2-1), the memory stands out as there was a great crowd and atmosphere that night,” said Alex.
“I was fortunate enough to lead a young team into a NPL Grand Final and that does not come around every season. It was an amazing experience.
“And our FFA Cup run in the same year! There was an unbelievable hype around the club and we reminisce on those memories every time we play at Goodwin Park (where we qualified for the round of 32).
“The run also added to the rivalry with the then Gold Coast City as the two Queensland teams drew each other in the last 16.
“The new MBU skipper Declan Smith scored in the cup run at the cockpit, Wolter Park ... a moment we all remember with fond memories.”
However, Alex’s highlights were not just confined to the pitch. “The community nature of the club stands out,” he said.
"From having one of the boys’ 21st parties at Wolter Park to the delicious Thai dinners organised by the club at the local restaurant. This demonstrates what MBU is all about.
“Then there is the camaraderie within the squad …. what happens in the old changerooms, stays behind the changerooms!”
There were also a number of factors which kept him at Moreton Bay United.
“Playing at MBU has accommodated my work/life balance, something that is very important to me,” said Alex.
“I have played under a few coaches during my time here and I would like to think I have been a positive consistent figure at the club.
“It is now great to see Royce bringing an enjoyable culture to the club for the current squad.
“I have loved the values that underpin MBU, including hard work, community, and an underdog nature the majority of the time.”
But now he has swapped the gold and black for orange and blue of Lions.
"I've always known what it's like to play at Lions and have never said a bad word to describe the club,” he added.
“When the circumstances arose, I would have been crazy not to re-sign with them. I believe it is a positive move for me at this time.”
And how will he feel on May 8 when returning to Wolter Park with Lions?
“As I said, there were no hard feelings when I left MBU, so it should be about two good teams battling for three points,” he said.
“I’d like to thank the club for all the well wishes since moving on.”