FOOTBALL: Newcastle Jets premiership winner James Holland returns to Austrian Bundesliga

CELEBRATE: James Holland playing for the Newcastle Jets against the Central Coast Mariners in the 2008 major semi-final. Picture: Ryan Osland
CELEBRATE: James Holland playing for the Newcastle Jets against the Central Coast Mariners in the 2008 major semi-final. Picture: Ryan Osland

Fringe Socceroos midfielder James Holland has put his China troubles behind him, agreeing a return to the Austrian Bundesliga with recently-promoted LASK Linz.

The 2008 Newcastle Jets premiership winner has been clubless since he and Socceroos attacker Robbie Kruse terminated their contracts with Chinese Super League side Liaoning Whowin last month due to unpaid wages.

Former Adelaide United man Holland made just one appearance in his four months at Liaoning, but now looks set for more game time in a familiar league where he's experienced success.

The 28-year-old, who won the 2013 Bundesliga title during his three seasons with Austria Wien, has signed a two-year deal with LASK, promoted after winning the second division by 17 points.

"I am looking forward to returning to the Austrian Bundesliga after three years," Holland told the club's website.

"With my experience, I would like to help LASK achieve their next goals."

The 15-times capped Holland hasn't played for the Socceroos since 2013 but last year said he still harboured international ambitions.

Meanwhile and Football Federation Australia hopes global exposure of the A-League will increase under a new international media rights deal with management giants IMG.

The six-year deal allows IMG to take the Australian domestic competition - and selected Socceroos matches - to overseas markets and will replace an agreement with Lagardere Sports.

It's another piece in the puzzle of the code's coverage, which includes Fox Sports and the Ten Network domestically.

The A-League was shown in 125 territories last year, according to the FFA, which has set it sights on boosting viewership in China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, the United States and United Kingdom.

IMG, best known as a fashion model representative agency, has previously struck deals to help expand coverage of the NFL, Bundesliga, Eredivisie, America's Cup, UEFA tournaments and e-sports events into new markets.

The company owns Sport 24, an in-flight and cruise channel broadcasting 24-hour sports.

The W-League, FFA Cup and selected Matildas' matches also come under FFA's deal with IMG.

Earlier this month, Fox Sports announced an arrangement with the FFA to live simulcast its coverage of Saturday night A-League matches - and all finals matches - on Ten's One channel from next season.