Forward Bernie Ibini is set to become the latest player to ditch an A-League rival to join Western Sydney, ending his troubled stint at Newcastle.
Western Sydney are expected to land another wantaway A-League player after Bernie Ibini's exit from Newcastle on Thursday.
The 28-year-old, who has made two Socceroos appearances, was granted an early release from his contract with the Jets after a troubled stint in Newcastle.
Ibini was signed by former coach Carl Robinson in February but had been seeking an exit after the Welsh mentor departed the Jets to take the reins of the Wanderers in October.
When the Jets refused to release him, Ibini went on a period of stress leave.
Less than a fortnight before the season starts, Newcastle - still without a permanent head coach and in the process of trying to find a new owner - granted Ibini his wish, freeing him up to reunite with Robinson at the Wanderers.
"We want to have players at our club who want to be here and play for the jersey," Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna said.
Ibini made six appearances for Newcastle, scoring one goal.
Should he sign with the Wanderers, he'll be their second capture this week after they welcomed ex-Socceroos attacking midfielder James Troisi following his acrimonious exit from Adelaide United.
Troisi's departure disappointed the Reds who felt they had made it clear the 32-year-old was a required player - after he failed to nail a move in September when they allowed him to speak to other clubs.
But the Asian Cup winner defended his decision, telling the Sydney Morning Herald it had been made clear he was no longer wanted at Adelaide and his hometown club was being "childish".