Griffiths Jets out of Beijing

Fringe Australian international striker Ryan Griffiths will leave China to return to A-League club Newcastle Jets, the club have confirmed.

Griffiths, who has played for Liaoning and Beijing Guoan for the past three seasons, has signed an 18-month deal starting in January. Griffiths, 29, played for the Jets before heading to China in 2007, and said he wanted to return to his home club after a recent change of ownership.

"I played most of my career in Australia in Newcastle so to be able to come home and play with the Jets is really exciting," Griffiths said. "The club is doing some great things on and off the field so I'm glad to have an opportunity to contribute."

Griffiths made his international debut for Australia in September 2006 and last played for the Socceroos in 2008 against Singapore.