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Culina and Newcastle Jets to settle out of court

Jason Culina and Newcastle Jets have agree to settle the differences away from the courts.

It has emerged that the Australian midfielder had not been covered by insurance since he returned to play in the A-League with Gold Coast United in 2009 which followed on after his move to the Jets.

Culina re-injured his knee whilst training with Newcastle and with the club unable to insure him, the Jets tried to terminate his contract.

The saga went on for months but finally has been put to an end with both club and player deciding to mutually terminate his contract, freeing him up to continue his career.

"The PFA is pleased that FFA, Newcastle Jets and Jason have reached a settlement by mutual agreement, the commercial terms of which are confidential," Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) chief Brendan Schwab said.

"As a result, Jason's employment agreement with the Jets has also been terminated and he is free to continue his playing career elsewhere in the A-League.

"I would like to congratulate Jason on the determination and professionalism he has shown throughout the course of the dispute.

"At all times, he has remained focussed on his rehabilitation and ensuring he is able to return to elite level professional football as soon as possible."

Culina added: "I look forward to resuming my playing career as soon as I have completed my rehabilitation, which is proceeding very well.

"I would like to acknowledge the efforts of FFA and the Newcastle Jets to achieve a settlement and to avoid further legal proceedings.

"I would also like to thank the PFA for the support it has shown me throughout especially Chief Executive Brendan Schwab and Player Advocacy Manager Laura Sigal."

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