Australian internationals Robbie Kruse and James Holland will enter the transfer market as free agents after splitting from Chinese club Liaoning Whowin.
The midfield pair had their contracts terminated via the assistance of the Australian players’ union, the PFA, having gone three months without being paid.
Kruse and Holland signed for Liaoning in January, but began seeking assistance from the PFA shortly after their pay packages stopped.
“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.”
Kruse made four appearances for Liaoning, creating three assists since joining from Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. Holland played just once in the league for Liaoning before payments stopped arriving in his account.