Foxe, Rizzo released by Glory
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Former English Premier League players Hayden Foxe and Nick Rizzo will not have their contracts renewed with Perth Glory next season, the Australian A-League club have announced.

Defender Foxe, 31, spent a decade overseas playing for West Ham United, Portsmouth and Leeds United. However, he has been troubled by injuries and has only played eight games out of a possible 42 matches since joining Glory in 2007.

"It really is an unfortunate circumstance and a very tough decision because when Hayden is out there and playing he is outstanding," Glory coach Dave Mitchell said.

"Hayden is a terrific player - that's the really sad bit about it, we're letting a good player go - but the reality is that he has spent limited time on the pitch and I need to have players that are going to be available week in and week out to build some continuity in the squad."

It really is an unfortunate circumstance and a very tough decision because when Hayden is out there and playing he is outstanding.
Dave Mitchell on Hayden Foxe.

Midfielder Rizzo, 29, will also leave the club after returning to Australia for the 2006/07 season following 11 years overseas, including stints with Liverpool and Crystal Palace.

In two seasons with the Glory, Rizzo played 26 matches, starting 13 times, but was also blighted by injuries. Perth Glory missed out on this season's playoffs, finishing in seventh place in the eight-team A-League.

Elsewhere, Danish midfielder Jesper Hakansson was released by the Newcastle Jets despite having a year left on his contract. Hakansson, 27, played more than 70 games in the Dutch Eredivisie for SC Heerenveen, RBC Roosendaal and ADO Den Haag before joining the Jets last year.

But injury-hit Hakansson only played 10 times for the Jets this season. A Jets' statement said a mutual decision had been reached to release Hakansson so that he could return home. The Jets, along with the Central Coast Mariners, are Australia's two teams in this year's AFC Champions League.