Australian players terminate contracts with Chinese team

Paola Ditto
Mag 20, 2017

Australia internationals Robbie Kruse and James Holland are free agents after terminating their contracts with Chinese Super League club Liaoning Whowin due to unpaid wages.

Kruse had only made four league appearances for Liaoning since the switch, having played three times for Leverkusen earlier in the 2016-17 season.

"The PFA has provided ongoing support to James and Robbie following the club's repeated failure to honour its contractual obligations to the players", PFA Chief Executive John Didulica said.

"The players had placed the club on notice to remedy the situation, however the club has failed to do this", Didulica said.

"As a outcome, they are now free agents and entitled to sign with clubs of their choosing", he said.

It is the second time this year the PFA have intervened to help Australian players find a way out of the Chinese club.

Kruse and Holland joined Liaoning in January after the CSL outfit had made a decision to dismiss with fellow Australians Michael Thwaite and Dario Vidosic, with the latter pair also needing PFA assistance to ensure their "rights were protected".

Liaoning reportedly paid a €500,000 transfer fee to German club Bayer Leverkusen for Kruse and an undisclosed sum to Adelaide United for Holland.

Holland has not played for the Socceroos since 2013 but said previous year he still harboured worldwide ambitions.

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