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Verbeek happy for North to leave Australia camp to sign with Tromso

Australian national team coach Pim Verbeek says he was happy for defender Jade North to leave the Brisbane training camp last week. The former Newcastle Jets captain was granted leave to travel to Europe to complete his deal with Norwegian Tippeligaen side Tromso IL and Verbeek had no issues with it as it would give North the chance to play more regular first team football after an ill-fated stint with Korean outfit Incheon United.

"I am very happy for Jade to find another club and it appears to be the right time to leave Korea so he can give himself the best chance to be selected for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa," Verbeek said.

"He is going to play in a very difficult league and if he can play regular football he will be much better off."

North left camp on Saturday with the Aussies preparing for Wednesday's Asian Cup clash with Indonesia to link up with Tromso at their mid-season training camp in Turkey to undergo a medical. He has been replaced in the Socceroos squad by Adelaide United defender Robert Cornthwaite.

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