Brillante heads to Newcastle

Newcastle Jets have swooped on former Gold Coast United youngster Joshua Brillante.

Newcastle Jets have swooped on former Gold Coast United youngster Joshua Brillante.

The Australia Under-20 international signed a two-year deal with the Hunter-based club following two seasons with the now defunct Hyundai A-League outfit.

Brillante, 19, has 14 appearances under his belt and joins Scott Neville, Craig Goodwin, Adam Taggart, James Brown and Mark Birighitti among the Jets' recruits for the 2012-13 season.

Newcastle head coach Gary van Egmond said he believes an exciting future lies ahead for the versatile talent.

"Josh is a member of the Under-20 national team and has proven himself at A-League level with the Gold Coast last season," van Egmond said.

"He can play as a right-back or central midfielder and has a great attitude.

"He is definitely one for the future."

Brillante was a member of the Australia side that went through the AFC Under-19 championship qualification tournament undefeated in November.

He made his Hyundai A-League debut in late 2010 following an impressive stint in the National Youth League.