Newcastle Jets today confirmed they had pulled a new contract offer to star strike Roy O'Donovan as the Irishman looks set to exit for a move to Brisbane Roar next season.
O'Donovan is set to be new Roar coach Robbie Fowler's first signing and today the Jets reluctantly pulled the plug on talks on a new deal in frustration after months of negotiations.
CEO Lawrie McKinna expressed his disappointment at how discussions had broken down.
“We made a number of generous offers to Roy and his management,” McKinna said.
“Talks began [about re-signing] midway through the season, with serious discussions beginning about two months ago.”
McKinna said O’Donovan had agreed in principal to the club’s most recent offer, however stumbling blocks continued to arise.
“As Ernie, Joel and myself said from the beginning we wanted to keep Roy and did everything within reason to extend his stay in Newcastle,” McKinna said.
“We were close on a number of occasions, but unfortunately from our perspective the goal posts continued to shift.
“It was disappointing from as the club has stood by and supported him through some difficult circumstances.”
During his two-year stint in the Hunter O’Donovan missed a total of 12 matches through suspensions, in addition to fixtures missed through injury.
McKinna wished the departing striker all the best with the next chapter in his career.
He added: “Roy is a top professional and a good family man, he’ll be an asset wherever he ends up and everyone at the Club wishes him well.”