The Australian Stephen Laybutt is to leave Feyenoord. The central defender will fly to his homeland on January in a quest to find a new club. According to Technical Director Rob Baan Laybutt is leaving Rotterdam for sporting reasons. ‘Steve is not getting games at Feyenoord and he is afraid it is affecting his development as a player. We have amicably agreed that it would be better for him to return to Australia.’

Catastrophic year Laybutt joined Feyenoord in the summer of 2000 together with his fellow countryman Brett Emerton. Emerton became a regular, but Laybutt had no luck. He played little last season due to a series of injuries, and while he did regain his fitness at the start of the current campaign, it soon became clear that he would have to work very hard to get in the first team squad. Steven was eventually loaned out to Norwegian club Lyn Oslo. Goodbye Laybutt returned to Rotterdam at the end of the Norwegian season and it was obvious that he was not in line for a first team recall. Consequently, he has decided to try his luck elsewhere. ‘Naturally, Steve wants to play games. That wasn’t going to happen at Feyenoord. That’s why he is now returning to Australia. It is unclear where he will be playing. He will have a look around at a number of clubs and only time will tell where he ends up’, says Rob Baan.

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