Southampton release Japanese striker Tadanari Lee
Japanese striker Tadanari Lee has been released from his contract at Southampton early.
Last Updated: 14/01/14 8:21pm
Lee, 28, spent two years at St Mary's after moving from Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
He helped Saints win promotion from the Championship in 2012 but he has been unable to break into the first team in the Premier League.
He did not make a league appearance in the top flight under Nigel Adkins or current boss Mauricio Pochettino, and had a spell on loan at FC Tokyo at the end of last season.
A statement on the club's website read: "Lee played a vital role in the team's promotion run with valuable assists in the games against Barnsley and Leeds United, which saw him win a place in Saints' Premier League squad on the club's return to the top-flight."
"A couple of injury setbacks, however, denied the Japanese forward from breaking into the team on a regular basis.
"Southampton Football Club thanks Lee for his services and wishes the forward well in his future career."