Newcastle Jets release Ruben Zadkovich

The Newcastle Jets have agreed to part ways with midfielder Ruben Zadkovich, effective immediately.

The Newcastle Jets have agreed to part ways with midfielder Ruben Zadkovich, effective immediately.

The mutual termination of Zadkovich-s Jets contract, which was set to expire at the end of the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season, allows the 28-year-old to pursue a new opportunity elsewhere.

“The decision to release Ruben from the remainder of his current contract was not one that was made lightly,” Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said.

“An offer came in from another Club and after discussions with Ruben and his management we reached an agreement for the release as we were unable to match the terms offered.

“Managing the salary-cap means that this decision was required to ensure we have balance across our squad for next season.

“We feel we have strong competition for places in central midfield with the likes of Josh Brillante, Zenon Caravella, Ben Kantarovski and Young Socceroo Mitch Oxborrow, while Jacob Pepper has also shown he is more than capable of filling that role.

“Ruben-s departure will allow us to invest more in other areas of the pitch.”

Middelby thanked Zadkovich for his efforts and contribution during his time as a Newcastle Jets player.

“Ruben has been a wonderful servant for the Newcastle Jets during his four seasons with the Club,” Middleby said.

“We thank him for his services and wish him all the best with his future endeavours.”

Zadkovich, who made 97 Hyundai A-League appearances for the Jets and scored six goals, thanked the Club and its Members for their support during his time in Newcastle.

“I-d like to thank all the Jets Members and supporters, my teammates and the Club-s coaching and administration staff for everything they-ve done for me over the past four seasons, ” Zadkovich said.

“I-m proud to say that whenever I put on a Newcastle Jets jersey I played with the attitude, aggression and passion that I felt the town and team deserved.

“Captaining the Newcastle Jets was a complete honour and for that opportunity I feel very grateful.

“While I-m sad that my time at the Jets has ended, I-m looking forward to beginning a new chapter in my football career.”