Newcastle Jets have announced that the vast majority of players presented like-for-like contracts with the re-energised Hyundai A-League club have recommitted their playing futures.
Nigel Boogaard, Lee Ki-je, Enver Alivodic, Ben Kennedy, Ben Kantarovski, David Carney, Mitch Cooper, Daniel Mullen, Andy Brennan, Josh Barresi, Radovan Pavicevic, and Themba Muata-Marlow have each committed to playing their part in the development and success of the new Newcastle Jets.
Moreover, Brandon Lundy (Foxtel National Youth League contracted player) has informed club management that he will be staying with the Jets. Lundy's arrangements are close to being finalised.
Incoming Newcastle defender and respected senior player Boogaard believes the players plainly understand the potential of the club and want to play a key role in helping it reach its on and off field goals.
“Obviously news that so many players have recommitted says a lot about the faith they have in the area and how they can see the club going forward,” Boogaard said from Adelaide where he is enjoying his final few days living in the city of churches before moving back to the Hunter.
“It’s obviously pleasing that the boys that have been in and around the club over the last year, or however long they have been at the Jets, have seen the potential that the place has got.”
“It’s certainly encouraging to see that so many boys have committed given they had the opportunity to go elsewhere if they wanted to. To see them stick around gives me confidence that the group that is already there is committed to the cause and really wants to turn things around,” he said.
Boogaard added that he never had any thoughts not to sign his deal with his hometown Hyundai A-League side in the wake of the club’s recent ownership shift.
“When I made a commitment to the club I knew I would fulfil it,” Boogaard said. “For me it doesn’t matter who is in charge, I just want to be involved and do my part to turn things around back there and hopefully have a few successful seasons.”
Newcastle have also confirmed that 26-year-old defender Scott Neville and 23-year-old midfielder Jacob Pepper have opted to take up offers from a rival Hyundai A-League club.
The club has no current update to provide regarding the playing future of goalkeeper Mark Birighitti.