12 Jul 2010

Footballer Smeltz moves to China

5:41 am on 12 July 2010

All Whites striker Shane Smeltz is moving from Gold Coast United to a club in China, Shandong Luneng.

Gold Coast says it has agreed to sell the New Zealand player for an undisclosed fee after a host of clubs had been circling for his services.

Smeltz, 27, has been among the A-League's best strikers since making his debut for the Phoenix in 2007, netting 40 goals in 65 appearances.

His move followed an impressive campaign for New Zealand at the World Cup in South Africa, where he scored in the 1-1 draw with Italy.