The South African Premier Soccer League club and the hard-working midfielder have decided to end their time togetherSantos and Matthew Pattison have officially parted ways, with club president Goolam Allie saying the midfielder 'wasn't here' in the matches he played.
Pattison was reportedly unhappy during his time at the Cape club, after arriving at the Lansdowne outfit in January as a free agent after breaking his contract with Mamelodi Sundowns. He has reportedly returned to England.
"I would like to announce that Matthew Pattison and the club has parted ways. We have terminated the contract at his request," Allie announced to the press.
Pattison was often seen to be despondent when being taken off the field, and missed matches against SuperSport United, Kaizer Chiefs and Sundowns through illness.
"The player was unhappy that there was times when he was withdrawn from the game and that he also didn't form part of the squad during the so-called 'big games' and ultimately was not in a good headspace," Allie said.
The 25-year-old was offered a six-month deal and it was believed that The People's Team were prepared to offer a new deal come season end.
Allie did confirm that Pattison has already left the country but is unfazed about the impact in what his loss might have on the club.
"I have been in football a long time; nothing effects me when it comes to things of that nature."You are only as good as your last game, and with no disrespect to Matthew Pattison, it was probably good for us because he was not here."
Santos are currently second from bottom on the log, and will have to keep focus on the remaining game to avoid relegation.