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Van den Brink pulls plug
Bas van den Brink

Perth Glory defender Bas van den Brink is set to join Indian club Churchill Brothers SC after terminating his contract with the A-League club yesterday.

The 30-year-old Dutchman was released from the final three months of his deal and is expected to fly out for a medical with the I-League side later this week.

He is the third player to leave Glory during the January transfer window, following the departure of Billy Mehmet (Bangkok Glass FC) and Jesse Marakounus (Melbourne Victory).

Van den Brink played 42 games for Glory and 50 games for Gold Coast FC during four years in the A-League.

"I left because I didn't know whether my contract would have been extended or not and the club didn't really have a clear standpoint on whether they wanted to keep me," he told Sportal.

"Based on that, it made the decision a lot easier for me to leave."

Glory coach Ian Ferguson said van den Brink's defection showed the A-League still couldn't compete financially with overseas clubs.

"Once again, it's an opportunity for a player to move overseas and unfortunately we cannot compete dollar for dollar with these clubs," Ferguson said. "It was not an easy decision but it's something we spoke about as a club, and decided Bas can move on."

Van den Brink missed Saturday night's 1-0 loss to Brisbane Roar with a calf injury.

His replacement, youth team elevation Jack Clisby, will be expected to hold down a spot at centre-back alongside Michael Thwaite.

Glory sit second last after winning two of their past 13 games.

Despite its lowly standing, Ferguson said he was certain the club would qualify for finals after adding Clisby and Argentinian playmaker Matias Cordoba to its roster during the transfer window.

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