Phoenix part ways with Aussie defender

Wellington Phoenix defender Jacob Tratt has terminated his contract with the club by mutual consent and returned to his home in Australia.

Phoenix coach Des Buckingham said Tratt has been released for personal and family reasons.

“We are disappointed to lose Jacob because he had done so well since joining the club but in the circumstances it was the right thing to do,” Buckingham said.

Jacob Tratt has enjoyed an impressive start to the season with Wellington Phoenix.

“From the moment he arrived he progressed quickly and it is a pity that it didn’t work out for him.

“He had a huge 12 months going from playing in Sydney FC’s youth team and the New South Wales Premier League to playing every A-League game with the Phoenix.

“Jacob leaves with our blessing and we wish him well for the future.”

Tratt played every minute of Wellington’s season until an ankle injury during Round 19 saw him out of the squad. He’s been shortlisted for Phoenix’s Members’ Revera U-23 Player of the Year award after 20 appearances and one goal in his debut A-League season.