Date: 9th July 2009 at 5:43pm
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Colchester United have this afternoon set Chris Coyne free from his nightmare stay in Essex.

“Unfortunately, after eighteen months here, it’s time to move on,” said the defender on United`s official website. “It was made clear that I wasn’t going to play week in, week out and I felt that I had to look at that and address it.”

The 30-year-old has been released by the U`s following a flurry of speculation this week that he had already signed a deal at long-term admirers, Perth Glory.

They have offered the defender three-year terms, but it is understood that he also has offers from Korea, the Middle East and China to consider.

Coyne`s comments suggested he will return to his homeland: “There isn’t much of a chance for the Australian manager to watch League One football but in Australia, I’m guaranteed to play 27 games in front of him.”

The player`s situation became pressing after his breakthrough into the national team last summer; he continually missed games for United last season while travelling.

Coyne`s termination, having cost the club a then club-record free of £350,000 from Luton eighteen months ago, makes it increasingly likely that he will return to the A-League, where it is not customary for pay transfer fees for players.

Other possible destinations likely for Coyne, should he reject Glory`s offer, are Sydney FC, Gold Coast United and Adelaide.


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