1 Sep 2010

Turkish delight for Smeltz

6:45 pm on 1 September 2010

The All Whites striker Shane Smeltz says he has been cleared to play in the Turkish Super League despite a possible legal challenge.

Smeltz returned to Gold Coast United after a brief stint in China and may yet face a legal challenge from Chinese club Shandong Luneng.

He's been in Turkey for a week and says his move to Genclerbirligi SK is complete and he'll start playing immediately.

The two-time A-League Golden Boot winner has signed a two-year deal.

He's been the subject of transfer speculation since last year but United knew his days in the A-League were numbered after he starred in the recent World Cup, scoring against Italy.