20 Jul 2010

Smeltz leaves new club in China

6:14 am on 20 July 2010

All Whites striker Shane Smeltz has left his new club in China, Shandong Luneng.

The two-time top scorer in the A-League left China less than a week after announcing his switch to the Chinese Super League club from Gold Coast United.

It's believed Smeltz, 28, felt his family could not settle in Jinan and he has gone back to his home in south-east Queensland.

The Professional Footballers Association hopes there will be an amicable resolution as soon as possible.