Adelaide United part ways with Cassio

Adelaide United and club legend Cassio have officially parted ways, effective immediately.

The announcement comes just five days after coach Josep Gombau launched a stinging attack on the defender, all but ruling out any a return to the pitch for the defender.

A two-time Club Champion and Players' Player of the Year in 2007/08, Cassio made 158 appearances and scored 11 goals for the club.

He has been linked with Newcastle Jets where coach Phil Stubbins, who is looking for reinforcements during January, made no secret of his admiration for the veteran left back, dating back to his days as an assistant coach at Hindmarsh.

“Cassio is a fantastic player and one I have the utmost respect and admiration for,” Stubbins told FourFourTwo.
The 34-year-old's distinguished playing career extended beyond the Reds and included famed Brazilian club Flamengo, where he played 96 games as well as winning the Campeonato Gaúcho in 2002 with Internacional.

Adelaide released a brief statement saying that both parties agreed to a mutal termination of the playing contract which has less than six months to run.

"(The club) would like to express its appreciation of the great service Cassio gave to the Reds during his time and wish him all the best in his future endeavours," the statement read.

Cassio has not played a competitive match for Adelaide this season after missing almost 11 months with a hamstring injury.

Gombau took issue with the player's failure to support the team during their FFA Cup Grand Final win over Perth Glory.

“Honestly no (room for Cassio),” Gombau told The Advertister.

“Cassio had something that I don’t like.

“He don’t come before pre-game (FFA Cup final) to support the players to say ‘good luck’.

“He don’t come after the game to celebrate with the players. For me this is disrespectful ... no chance.

“No chance ... I don’t know ... for me, after he did this, no chance ... zero.”

Meanwhile the Jets have agreed to mutually terminate the contract of Jonny Steele, effective immediately.

The 28-year-old Northern Irishman has not played for the Hunter outfit since being granted a leave of absence on November 14.