Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury has successfully terminated his contract with Chinese club Jiangsu Suning as he looks to secure a European move.
Jiangsu dropped Sainsbury to their reserves squad last month, but despite seeing no future with the Australian defender were still holding out for a large transfer fee in order to release him from the remaining few months of his contract.
Those demands initially blocked a move to Queens Park Rangers with Sainsbury eventually overcoming that hurdle after seeking help from Professional Footballers Australia (PFA), who were able to ensure the 26-year-old could have his contract terminated.
"The PFA’s legal department has provided advice to Trent since the conclusion of the World Cup,” PFA Chief Executive John Didulica said.
"Trent has terminated his contract for just cause in accordance with FIFA Regulations and the longstanding jurisprudence of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
"As a consequence, he is now a free agent and entitled to sign with a club of his choosing."
QPR remain a front runner to land Sainsbury but Dutch side PSV have recently been linked to a move with former Socceroos coaches Mark van Bommel and Bert van Marwijk now at the club.
Sainsbury, who starred for Australia at the World Cup in Russia, is keen to resolve his playing future quickly having finally earned a release from China.
“I thank the PFA for their support during this period and I wish Jiangsu Suning all the best for the future," Sainsbury said.
"I look forward to resolving my playing future as soon as possible.”
The defender has previously enjoyed stints with Central Coast Mariners, PEC Zwolle and a notable loan spell with Inter Milan.