Hoole splits with Sydney

Sydney FC and attacker Andrew Hoole have agreed to part ways one year into a two-year contract.

Hoole joined the club at the start of last season and is understood to be on the verge of returning to the Newcastle Jets

He played a total of 15 games for the Sky Blues, starting six of them.

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The 22-year-old also lined up six times in the AFC Champions League, coming off the bench in two games and twice in the FFA Cup.

In April 2015, Hoole rejected a two-year deal to stay with the Jets, preferring to make the move to Moore Park.

He also rejected a player-swap with David Carney in January because he wanted to play Champions League football.

But with that campaign over the young winger is keen to return to the Hunter where things on the up since the takeover by Chinese billionaire Martin Lee.

“He needs an environment where he can flourish and Sydney was not the right environment for him,” Hoole’s manager Joel Grenell told the Newcastle Herald.

“If he signs with Newcastle he is going to make sure he is out of his comfort zone and pushing himself.

“There was a club in Denmark that wanted him over there for a trial but he wants to establish himself in Australia. To do that he needs to be playing 25-plus games a season.”

Sydney coach Graham Arnold made no secret of his admiration for the rising star when he first arrived in the harbour city.

"Andrew is a quality young player with a proven track record in the Hyundai A-League," Arnold said at the time.

"I'm looking forward to working with him and I can't wait to nurture the talent that he has already displayed this season.

"I'm confident Andrew will provide great competition for places and that will only see us build on our record breaking 2014-2015 season in the future."

But the Olyroo continued to frustrate in front of goal despite creating a host of good chances.

In a statement the club thanked Hoole for his "contribution and professionalism" and "wished him all the best in his future endeavours".

The winger becomes the 12th player to leave Sydney in the off-season.