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Jul 23, 2010

Smeltz transfer to Shandong Luneng falls through

New Zealand international striker Shane Smeltz has returned to Gold Coast United after his move to Chinese club Shandong Luneng fell through.

Smeltz spent just a few days in China and trained with his Gold Coast team-mates on Thursday having cited ''personal'' issues - believed to be based around relocating his wife and two children in Jinan - for his decision not to move.

"For me I was over there with all the right intentions but there were a few personal issues and obviously I am back here now," Smeltz said.

Smeltz, who scored New Zealand's goal in the All Whites' 1-1 draw with Italy at the World Cup in South Africa last month, has been the A-League's leading goalscorer for two consecutive years and reportedly has other offers on table from abroad.

However Gold Coast chief executive Clive Mensink claimed that he won't be leaving this summer.

"The matter has been dealt with but we can't go into details because it's in commercial confidence. Shane's a Gold Coast player and he'll be playing with the Gold Coast this season,'' he said.

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