Sought-after defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley released from Newcastle Jets

The defender is now tipped to join Melbourne Victory or the A-League's new western Sydney club, with his time at the Jets coming to an end after three seasons

The Newcastle Jets have released Nikolai Topor-Stanley, with the experienced defender set to join a rival A-League team.

Topor-Stanley already has an offer on the table from another side in the A-League, and Jets chief executive Robbie Middleby said it was in the best interests of the club to grant the 27-year-old a release after three seasons at the club.

"He is a good footballer and this is a wonderful opportunity for Nikolai to continue his career at another club," Middleby said. "This opportunity gives him longevity in the game and as a club we couldn't stand in his way.

"We would like to thank Nikolai for his contribution to the Jets and wish him well in the future."

An announcement on Topor-Stanley's new club is expected in the coming days, and Melbourne Victory as well as the league's new western Sydney franchise are believed to be among the frontrunners for his signature.

Any domestic move would potentially be Topor-Stanley's fourth A-League club, with the twice-capped Socceroo having already turned out for Perth Glory and Sydney FC.

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