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By ESPN Staff
Jan 29, 2009

Milligan to quit A-League for China

Newcastle Jets have confirmed Socceroos defender Mark Milligan will leave the A-League club to join Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua.

The former Sydney FC defender will undergo a medical in China on Monday and if successful he will participate in the Asian Champions League competition with his new club.

The 23-year-old played 11 A-League games for the Jets this season, after initially joining the club as a guest player having unsuccessfully spent time in Europe trialling with Arsenal and German side Werder Bremen.

"Obviously our club would have loved to have kept a player of Mark's talent for the duration of his contracted period," said Jets CEO John Tsatsimas.

"However, a player of that ability and with a desire to further his career overseas is always going to attract strong attention from other clubs.

"The opportunity that was presented to us by Shanghai Shenhua was one that we could not turn down."

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