Australia internationals Robbie Kruse and James Holland terminate Liaoning Whowin contracts due to unpaid wages
Professional Footballers Australia confirm duo, who joined Chinese Super League side in February, are now free agents
Australia internationals Robbie Kruse and James Holland have left Chinese Super League side Liaoning Whowin with immediate effect due to unpaid wages, the Professional Footballers Australia said on Thursday.
The pair joined the Chinese club in February but the Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) revealed the duo had cancelled their contracts and were now free agents.
“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.
“As a result, both players have terminated their respective contracts for just cause, in accordance with Fifa regulations. As a consequence, they are now free agents and entitled to sign with clubs of their choosing.”
— liaoning whowin (@liaoning_whowin) February 26, 2017
Kruse, who was part of Australia’s AFC Asian Cup winning squad in 2015, joined Liaoning having spent the previous three seasons on the books of Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, while Holland moved to China after a stint with A-League side Adelaide United.