• Chinese takeaway ... former Melbourne Victory midfielder Billy Celeksi (Getty)
Several A-League clubs have been left disappointed with skillful Australian midfielder Billy Celeski opting to join the Chinese Super League after parting company with UAE club Al Shaab.
Dave Lewis

21 Feb 2014 - 5:59 PM  UPDATED 21 Feb 2014 - 6:02 PM

The gifted play maker – an A-League All-Stars representative in the clash against Manchester United in July – fell out of favour with the Pro-League side after Zeljko Petrovic replaced Marius Sumudica as coach in December. Celeski was granted a release from his two-year contract on Friday.

But Celeski, 28, whose A-League career featured stints with Perth Glory and Melbourne Victory, didn’t have to wait long for a fresh opportunity with a one-year deal on the table at Liaoning Whowin, pending a medical.

It’s understood that Celeski is on his way to China to link up with the club which has ambitions to push for an AFC Champions League spot this season after finishing the last campaign in mid-table.

There was keen interest from the A-League, where Celeski blossomed under Ange Postecoglou at Victory, for which he featured in a match against Liverpool in July before heading to the Persian Gulf.

Victory was thought to be among those in the hunt but after 11 games for Al Shaab, Celeski – capped once by Australia - is on the move again in another lucrative deal to a league which includes fellow Australians Ryan McGowan and Daniel McBreen.