Dutch striker Sergio van Dijk has been granted a release from Adelaide United, and is now poised to join Indonesian club Persib Bandung
|By CHRISTIAN MAMMONE
Adelaide United have cut ties with striker Sergio van Dijk, releasing the Dutchman from his contract for a move to Indonesia.
Just days after expressing his desire to complete a transfer out of the A-League side during the January transfer window, van Dijk and the Reds came to a mutual termination agreement to allow the 30-year-old to pursue a career with Indonesian club Persib Bandung.
Van Dijk had been cast out at Hindmarsh Stadium since admitting a desire to be closer to his family in the Netherlands, after they failed to adjust to life in Adelaide.
The former Brisbane Roar man featured just three times for United this season and spent considerable time playing for the Reds' National Youth League side.
The prolific marksman consequently developed a frosty relationship with coach John Kosmina.
Despite his exile, van Dijk was expected to make his first appearance since the 2-1 loss to league leaders Central Coast in December against Melbourne Heart on Friday at AAMI Park, following an injury to fellow forward Bruce Djite.
The severance brings an end to van Dijk's three-year relationship with Adelaide, which began in February 2010 when the powerful left-footer departed the Roar to be a part of United's AFC Champions League campaign on a short-term deal before he extended his stay permanently.Van Dijk had his best spell the following season since arriving on Australian shores from Dutch side FC Emmen in 2008 when he was awarded the 2010-2011 A-League's Golden Boot.