Kiwi striker Smeltz returns to Gold Coast
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New Zealand international striker Shane Smeltz has returned to A-League club Gold Coast United after a breakdown in his transfer to Chinese club Shandong Luneng, club officials said on Friday.

Smeltz said his transfer with Shandong Luneng fell through due to "personal issues".

Smeltz returned to Australia last weekend after spending just days in China and trained with his Gold Coast team-mates on Thursday. "For me I was over there with all the right intentions but there were a few personal issues and obviously I am back here now," Smeltz said.

The Gold Coast Bulletin last week reported that Smeltz had decided that it would be too difficult for his wife and two children to settle in Jinan, 400 kilometres south of Beijing, and had decided to rejoin Gold Coast United. 

"The matter has been dealt with but we can't go into details because it's in commercial confidence," United CEO Clive Mensink told reporters at Smeltz's press conference. "Shane's a Gold Coast player and he'll be playing with the Gold Coast this season."

Smeltz, who scored New Zealand's goal in their 1-1 draw with Italy at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ last month, has another two seasons left on his United contract. But reports said Smeltz, the A-League's leading goal scorer for two consecutive years, could still leave the club with other overseas offers expected to be tabled before the 31 August transfer deadline.