The embattled Newcastle Jets have terminated the contract of Marcos Flores so he can pursue a long-term opportunity abroad.
The playmaker, just six months into his deal with the Jets, has reportedly received an offer from North American Soccer League club, Jacksonville Armada.
The Hunter outfit continues to undergo a massive shakeup during the Asian Cup break with the CEO and chairman stepping down last week.
A shambolic start to the season sees the club sitting second last on the A-league ladder.
Coach Phil Stubbins said: “Marcos has worked hard to get himself fit and back in contention for the first team, but the offer he has received from overseas gives him security so in the best interests of the player we have decided to grant this release.
“Marcos is a passionate and proud footballer and everyone at the club wishes him all the success in his next move.”
Flores hit a career high with Adelaide United in 2010/11 when he picked up the Johnny Warren medal and A-League Foreign Player of the Year awards.
But subsequent stints in China and with Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners were disappointing.
He suffered a season-ending ACL injury at the Gosford club and was not resigned, eventually securing a deal with the Hunter outfit.
Flores said he would always be grateful to the Jets for “believing in me during the most difficult time of my career”.
“I have nothing but love and respect for the club, fans and staff and I will never forget the opportunity Newcastle Jets gave me.
“I will leave Newcastle Jets with great respect. I want to thank every member and supporter at the Newcastle Jets that showed faith in me and this is something I will always have in my heart.”
Flores has made 73 A-League appearances scoring 17 goals including 6 appearances and 1 goal for the Newcastle Jets.comments