Former Finland international Aleksandr Kokko has left Newcastle Jets for the Hong Kong Premier League.
Kokko’s move to last season's runners up, Eastern Long Lions, was confirmed on Twitter and comes halfway into a two year deal with the Jets.
The 30-year-old attacker made just 13 appearances for the A-League outfit for one goal in an injury punctuated 2016/17 that inclded an Achilles tendon injury and broken jaw.
His move to will free up a visa spot for Ernie Merrick's side as they look to put last season's dire campaign behind them.
Aleksandr Kokko has signed for Hong Kong runners up Eastern SC from Newcastle Jets pic.twitter.com/NRigucxaee— Jonne Lindblom (@JonneLindblom) July 10, 2017
The Jets confirmed the striker was given free rein to talk to other clubs after failing to replicate the blistering form he achieved at Finnish side RoPS, where he amassed 56 goals in 97 games over four years.
“He is contracted for next season and we will honour that, no problem,” chief executive Lawrie McKinna told the Newcastle Herald last month.
“He has gone home to Finland for the break and if there is interest from any club, he is encouraged to explore it.”