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Djite leaves Reds for top city post

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Adelaide United’s football director Bruce Djite is leaving the club to become the new CEO of the Committee for Adelaide.

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The former Reds star, who has been with the club in a management role since June 2019, will replace outgoing Committee for Adelaide CEO Jodie van Deventer in July.

The Committee for Adelaide brings together some of South Australia’s most influential organisations to drive policy development for the city’s future.

The move comes as Adelaide United prepare for their elimination final against the Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

Djite said the club will “always have a special place in my heart” as he thanked members, partners and fans for their support and “commitment to the club’s development”.

“I have been fortunate enough to come back to the Club as its Director of Football and have enjoyed working with our phenomenal players, coaching and high performance staff, and administration staff,” Djite said in a statement.

“I am proud of the great environment and culture we have rebuilt within the Club and it is fantastic to see the Club return to putting South Australia and South Australians first, whilst still attracting great interstate and international talent.

“I believe the Club is better positioned for growth today than it ever has been and, while there is always further improvement to be made, the re-establishment of the Club’s true identity will continue to see it do well on and off the field.”

Committee for Adelaide chair Professor David Lloyd said he looked forward to working with Djite in his new role.

“Bruce has strong networks and relationships across sport, government, media, business, diplomats, not-for-profits and community-based organisations, all of which will help to write a new chapter in the Committee’s history,” Lloyd said.

“His career has spanned five countries across three continents and includes several years’ experience in leadership, strategy, advocacy and business development.

“Bruce is committed to high performance and team work and we have no doubt he will continue to grow the Committee for Adelaide and cement its reputation as a trusted, credible and independent voice for Adelaide and South Australia.”

Lloyd also paid tribute to van Deventer, who has been CEO of the organisation for more than five years.

“Jodie has led the organisation through three chairs and four boards and done an outstanding job building the Committee for Adelaide into an organisation that is respected by political, community and business leaders and diplomatic representatives across the globe,” he said.

Adelaide United said it will now commence a search for a new director of football to build on the success of the club’s current mix of players.

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