Bundesliga - Thurk leaves Augsburg
Veteran striker Michael Thurk has been released a year early from his contract at Augsburg following their promotion to the Bundesliga.
The 35-year-old has done great service for the Bavarian side, scoring over 50 goals for them since his arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2008.
However, the club have decided that he no longer fits into their plans as they are looking to change their tactics having arrived in the Bundesliga.
Augsburg general manager Andreas Rettig said of Thurk's departure: "Michael Thurk has been a successful player of FC Augsburg, this is why we are looking to come to an amicable settlement with him.
"We part on good terms, but Michael Thurk is no longer taking part in the training or matches of the club."
Manager Jos Luhukay added: "First and foremost, it's because of sporting reasons that have made us decide this. After changing our tactics there is no position left for Michael."