Wilkshire seeks fresh challenge after Feyenoord release

Forgotten Socceroo Luke Wilkshire’s contract with Feyenoord has been terminated with immediate effect with the veteran seeking a "fresh challenge".

The Dutch giants confirmed the news on Thursday, allowing the 33-year-old Wollongong-born defender/midfielder to become a free agent by mutual agreement.

Wilkshire’s availability may tempt A-League clubs looking to bolster their ranks ahead of the 2015-16 season.

However, this week’s changes to the A-League marquee rules – whereby clubs are no longer limited by nationality - may work against Wilkshire, who is likely to command good wages.

The former AIS product, who has 80 Australia caps but has fallen out of favour under Ange Postecoglou, still had another season to run on his Feyenoord contract.

The utility triggered a clause in his contract last season due to the number of games he played in 2014-15, allowing him a second season at Feyenoord after previously joining on a free transfer.

A statement on the club’s website read: “The Australian wing-back was unable to secure a spot in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s starting 11 during preseason and in the season opener.

“So despite still having 10 months to run on his contract the 33-year-old has opted to leave the club.”

The statement continued: “Following his exclusion from the match-day squad for the opening Eredivisie fixture of the season against FC Utrecht, Wilkshire felt that he needed a fresh challenge.”