Australian media reports that former Leeds and Liverpool star Harry Kewell has quit the Melbourne Victory and Australain football's A-League for family reasons.

The 33-year-old Kewell was due to sign a new contract with the Victory which he joined last season after three years with the Turkish club Galatasaray. But he informed the club late on Saturday that he has decided to stay in England because the mother of his wife Sheree Murphy is gravely ill.

The Victory was due to confirm Kewell's departure later Sunday.

Kewell is one of Australia's most celebrated players and scored eight goals in 25 matches for Melbourne while avoiding the injuries that have recently hampered his career.