The Professional Footballers Association have announced Australian pair James Holland and Robbie Kruse have terminated their contracts with Chinese Super League (CSL) club Liaoning Whowin after “repeated failure to honour its contractual obligations to the players”.
Kruse and Holland both signed for Liaoning in January having left Bayer Leverkusen and Adelaide United respectively.
Both players had been in and out of Liaoning’s first team, suffering from a change in CSL rules which permit only three foreigners to play at a time, as well as the axing of the Asian +1 rule.
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“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 in a statement published on the PFA’s website.
“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.”
Kruse and Holland, both 28, are not the first Australians to experience issues with Liaoning of contractual matters.
Melbourne Victory midfielder James Troisi endured a similar fate in 2016 before eventually returning to Victory.