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Viduka to return to Australia: reports

Former Middlesbrough and Newcastle striker Mark Viduka is returning home to live in Australia, his agent told an Australian website on Saturday.

sports Updated: Sep 12, 2009 12:35 IST

Former Middlesbrough and Newcastle striker Mark Viduka is returning home to live in Australia, his agent told an Australian website on Saturday.

Uncertainty had surrounded the former Socceroo's future since Newcastle were relegated from the English Premier League last season.

The 33-year-old had been linked with a possible move to English clubs Portsmouth, Fulham and West Ham but his agent, Steve Kutner, ruled out another contract in Europe.

"I can confirm that Mark will not be seeking another contract in England or Europe and is coming home to Australia to live," Kutner told theworldgame.com.au.

"He's about to enter a new phase in his life and whether that includes playing again in Australia I am not sure.

"He's had a superb 11 years or so in the UK (with Celtic, Leeds, Middlesbrough and Newcastle) and he's made his mind up to now move on.

"Mark has other priorities now and wants to take his life in a different direction."