Wellington Phoenix and marquee man Gui Finkler have parted ways by mutual consent.
A Nix statement released on Friday morning said the club and player had cut short his deal after 18 months.
Finkler was left out of Wellington’s squad for their 3-2 defeat against Melbourne Victory last weekend.
Darije Kalezic withdrew the Brazilian on 55 minutes in favour of Michael McGlinchey the week prior against Central Coast Mariners.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time in Wellington,” Finkler said.
“When I arrived I felt really welcomed by the playing group, they’re a great bunch of boys with good culture – it’s not always easy to find this at clubs.
“Obviously, this season hasn’t gone the way I planned, but these things happen sometimes in football.
“You always want to leave on a high but people who know me know my personality, know that I have always been a good professional.
“The club has been great with me from day one, so I’ll look back with happy memories of New Zealand and the Phoenix after my career.
“For now, I just want to get back to what I love doing.”
Phoenix General manager David Dome said the decision was made to let Finkler go after “big conversations” were had among the club’s hierarchy.
“Gui is the type of player every club loves to have, both on and off the field,” Dome said.
“As our marquee signing we had very high expectations with Gui.
“We’ve been blessed with a wealth of quality attacking midfielders in recent seasons but the club has to focus on balance across the whole playing roster.
“We’ve had some big conversations internally at the club in recent weeks and as disappointed as we are to see Gui go, it provides an opportunity to strengthen in areas we’re less well resourced.”
No statement was issued by Kalezic.
Wellington are on the road this weekend, tasked with Brisbane Roar on the Gold Coast.