Smeltz back from China, stays with Gold Coast

Smeltz back from China, stays with Gold Coast

Published Jul. 23, 2010 5:43 a.m. ET

New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz is back with Gold Coast United in Australia's A-League after his transfer to China's Shandong Luneng fell through due to what he described as ''personal issues.''

Smeltz scored New Zealand's goal in the 1-1 draw with 2006 champion Italy at the World Cup last month and has been one of the A-League's most prolific scorers, netting 40 goals in 65 matches since 2007.

The 28-year-old Smeltz spent several days in China before returning to Australia.

Smeltz, who has two years left on his Gold Coast contract, could still leave the club before the Aug. 31 transfer deadline, with overseas clubs apparently interested in him after his World Cup performance.