Former star’s shine begins to fade as hunt for a new club begins once again.
Harry Kewell’s hopes of featuring in the Socceroos’ squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers have been dealt a huge blow with the veteran striker released by Qatari club Al Gharafa.
Kewell was hoping to re-ignite his stalled club career after joining the Qatari club in early April as cover for their other Australian signing, Mark Bresciano, who injured his knee in the 2-2 draw with Oman in Sydney in March.
The former Leeds, Liverpool, Galatasaray and Melbourne Victory star played three games in the Qatar Stars League, scoring a goal in last month’s 2-0 win over Qatar SC.
But with Bresciano now returning to full fitness, Kewell – who was only on a six-week contract – was not offered a new deal.
Kewell spent almost a year without a club after leaving the Victory at the end of the 2011/2012 campaign following a season-long stint.
With Osieck due to name his squad next week for June’s World Cup qualifiers against Japan, Jordan and Iraq, the timing couldn’t be worse for Kewell who is unlikely to break back into the national fold.