Hoffman moves to Heart

New Hyundai A-League side Melbourne Heart have signed Newcastle Jets striker Jason Hoffman.

New Hyundai A-League side Melbourne Heart have signed Newcastle Jets striker Jason Hoffman.

The 20-year-old has penned a multi-year deal and becomes the fourth Hyundai A-League player to sign with the Heart, who will join the expanded A-League next season.

Adelaide United Midfielder Kristian Sarkies, Jets defender Matt Thompson and Central Coast Mariners full-back Dean Heffernan have already joined John van 't Schip's side.

"Jason is a player with great capacity to improve and become a regular first XI player in the A-League. He is an excellent professional who works very hard, which is the sort of player that we are hoping to bring to the club," said Heart coach Van 't Schip.

"He can play in a number of positions, can score goals and is very athletic so he will give us some extra flexibility within the squad."

"If he can continue to work hard and improve, he will complement the established players we have already managed to sign in Kristian, Matt and Dean."

Hoffman is a product of the New South Wales Institute of Sport and he made his Hyundai A-League debut at 18 and played an important role in Newcastle's 2008 title-winning season.

His second campaign was derailed by a severe knee injury, but Hoffman bounced back in fine style during Newcastle's Asian Champions League campaign earlier this year.

Hoffman scored the winner in the Jets' final group game against Korean side Ulsan Hyundai to secure Newcastle's place in the knockout stage before they lost to eventual champions Pohang Steelers in the last 16.

He carried his form into the A-League this season and found the net twice in six appearances to earn selection to the Qantas Young Socceroos squad for the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt and started against Brazil and Czech Republic.