Genclerbirligi did not have patience with Smeltz – Jedinak

Mile Jedinak believes Turkish club Genclerbirligi did not show enough patience to retain striker Shane Smeltz.

Mile Jedinak believes Turkish club Genclerbirligi did not show enough patience to retain striker Shane Smeltz.

The Australian international was a teammate of Smeltz’s at the Ankara club until they released the New Zealand forward after a disappointing five-month stint.

But Jedinak says the position of the team (14th on the league table) and the need to get positive results quickly led club officials to let a very good player go.

“He (Smeltz) came in. The coach got changed. There were a few different things with management at the club. He was a little bit unfortunate," Jedinak said.

"He had a frustrating time. He wasn't selected in the team. I don't think it was due to lack of quality, because he definitely showed it on the training pitch.

“It was a tough situation. With the club not getting the results on the field, they didn't have the patience.

"I think he's a great player that we have lost."

Smeltz has since returned to his former A-League club Gold Coast United and made an immediate impact by scoring in the 4-0 win over North Queensland Fury on Friday night.

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