Captain for the 2013-14 A-League season, midfielder Jobe Wheelhouse has made a shock departure from the Newcastle Jets
|By GOAL AUSTRALIA
Midfielder Jobe Wheelhouse will take time out to ponder his future after parting company with Newcastle on Thursday.
The club advised Wheelhouse, 27, that he would not be offered a new deal for next season, and the Newcastle-born player decided to leave immediately.
"It goes without saying that I am disappointed I won't be at the Jets anymore," said Wheelhouse, who was the club's captain up until his departure and has been linked with a move to Melbourne Heart.
"Over the last six to 12 months my head hasn't been in it like it should be, and this will now give me a chance to get away and plan my future.
"There is no point being at a place when my heart isn't in it and the last thing I want to do is let down my teammates.
"I haven't ruled out playing in the future, I just need time to sort out what I want to do.
"I am good mates with all of the boys and I wish them only the best for the future.
"Hopefully they will make the six and go deep into the finals this year."
Jets chief executive officer Robbie Middleby said the club respected Wheelhouse's honesty and thanked him for his service, which dated back to 2003.
"This hasn't been an easy process and we hoped Jobe would play out the remainder of the season," he said.
"We have worked through this process to ensure the best outcome for Jobe's future, which is why we have agreed to his request.
"We thank Jobe for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best in the future."
Meanwhile, Newcastle's rivals Central Coast have suffered a blow, with striker Adam Kwasnik ruled out for the rest of the A-League season with a knee injury.
In a statement released on Thursday, Central Coast have confirmed Kwasnik will have surgery on Monday.
Kwasnik did not play this season until New Year's Eve when he started in Central Coast's 1-0 win over Perth Glory as Arnold looked for a way to cover Tom Rogic's absence, who was out through suspension.
That appearance was the first of four in a row for the 29-year-old striker thanks to Rogic's ban and subsequent transfer to Celtic.