A report by as.com said the midfielder, who still harbours aspirations to be part of Australia's 2014 World Cup campaign, managed a total of just 43 minutes over three league games and 136 minutes in Cup competition since arriving at the club in mid-October last year.

According to the report, Carney is in the market for a new club, with Dubai and China said to be frontrunners. A return to the A-League, however, wouldn't be out of the question.

The former Sydney FC player, and fan favourite, was linked with his old club back in August last yeat at a time when the Sky Blues were also chasing then-Blackburn Rovers stalwart, Brett Emerton.

Carney has struggled to settle at a club since leaving Australian shores at the end of the 2006-07 season, playing for Sheffield United, Norwich City, FC Twente, Blackpool and, most recently, AD Alcorcon.