Former Socceroo signs Jets extension

Former Socceroo David Carney has re-signed with Newcastle Jets for the next two Hyundai A-League seasons, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2015/16 season.

The 30-year-old, capped 48 times for the national team, showed glimpses of his quality late in the season after signing a short-term deal with the Jets.

The attacking left-sided player was twice named in the FFA-s team of the week after some scintillating performances in the red and blue shirt, with his form clearly impressing new coach Phil Stubbins.

Carney returned to the A-League after a stint in the MLS with New York Red Bulls and admitted he was keen to help steer the Jets into the finals after four straight seasons without playoff football.

“I-m confident we can go into next season and have a good crack at it and give this town what it deserves, which is a team that not only makes the playoffs but is able to achieve even more than that, he said.

Carney last pulled on the green and gold in Australia-s 3-0 friendly win over Canada last November but a lack of regular football in the last 12 months denied him the opportunity to make next month-s FIFa World Cup.

“I was really pleased when I had the chance to sit down with Phil and discuss his plans for the team.

“I think with the new coach and the squad we-re building, there are some really exciting times ahead for the Jets.”

“I think in the last few games of the season I was just starting to get myself really fit and find some good form,” Carney said.

“I-m focused on working hard during the pre-season and hopefully myself and the rest of the lads can start the year with a bang.”

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