Japanese midfielder Hiro Moriyasu has left Sydney FC by mutual consent.
The 27-year-old had a year remaining on his contract at the A-League club, but has agreed an early release after it became clear he was not in the first-team plans of Sky Blues coach Ian Crook.
Moriyasu's departure now frees up a visa spot in Crook's squad, potentially allowing the Sky Blues to add to a foreign contingent that now consists of Brazilian full-back Fabio, Panamanian forward Yairo Yau, Croatian striker Kruno Lovrek and Dutch defender Pascal Bosschaart.
"Hiro's attitude and work rate during his time at Sydney FC has been first class," Crook said via club statement.
"Competition for places at Sydney FC is now very high and unfortunately for Hiro it is unlikely we'll be able to offer him the kind of regular first team football he needs.
"He leaves with the thanks of everyone at Sydney FC and we wish him all the best for his future career."
Shimizu S-Pulse academy product Moriyasu joined Sydney FC in 2010 from New South Wales Premier League club APIA Leichhardt, turning out 36 times and scoring two goals.