Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) can today confirm that members Michael Thwaite and Dario Vidosic have mutually terminated their contracts with Chinese Super League club Liaoning Whowin effectively immediately and are eligible to sign with clubs of their choosing.

Having joined the club in January in 2016 Thwaite made 25 appearances, with the defender on target on three occasions.

A key part of the Western Sydney Wanderers 2015/16 season, Vidosic joined Liaoning midway through the season, with the Socceroo making 13 appearances for the club.

“I enjoyed my time at Liaoning in the CSL and I wish the club all the best for the future,” said Thwaite. “The PFA were instrumental in ensuring we achieved an outcome that we are all happy with and making sure throughout the process that our rights were protected.”

Vidosic said he was relieved the matter was resolved.

“Navigating matters such as this can be difficult, but having the support of PFA meant that I could get it resolved quickly and resume my career with a new club,” said Vidosic.

“I wish the club all the best for the upcoming season and I’m looking forward to the next chapter.”

PFA Chief Executive John Didulica said the matter highlighted the important work undertaken by the player association’s legal department.

“Australian football’s success is determined by a  small group of players and keeping our best on the pitch is critical if we are to match the world’s best nations,” said Didulica.

“Every career matters and we take great pride in the work we do for our members both domestically and internationally.”