Homegrown defender signs Jets extension

Newcastle Jets have announced the retention of Jason Hoffman, with the defender signing a two-year contract extension with his hometown club.

Hoffman, a Mayfield United junior and former Hamilton Olympic player, began his professional career with the Jets during the club’s 2008 Hyundai A-League Championship winning campaign.

The former Australian youth international was one of Miller’s first signings after his arrival at the club midway through 2015, reconnecting with the men from Hunter Stadium after four years with Melbourne Heart/City.

Having started 25 of 27 matches for the Jets throughout A-League season 11, Hoffman said that he’s proud to have prolonged his tenure with Scott Miller's squad.

“Obviously being a local boy having the opportunity to extend my time at the club is exciting,” Hoffman said.

“It’s a great time to be at the Newcastle Jets as the club continues to move in the right direction under Scott’s leadership.”

“I am a Newcastle boy and I would love nothing more than to help the club feature at the top end of the A-League again,” he explained.

Newcastle Jets coach Miller believes retaining key players in his squad is crucial to the continued development of the team for A-League season 12 and beyond.

“Continuity is key in our progression as a team, and I am pleased Jason has committed his future to the Jets for a further two seasons,” Miller said.

Last week the Jets announced the retention of former Danish international Morten Nordstrand on a one-season contract.