Ivan Vujica departs Newcastle Jets

Newcastle Jets have parted company with 22-year-old Australia U-23 international defender Ivan Vujica. 

The full back made his debut for the Jets against Adelaide United in Round 1 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 campaign, and went on to play 48 times for the club.

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“I’ve really enjoyed my time playing for the Jets in front of the Newcastle fans, they always made me feel welcome and I want to thank them for that,” Vujica said.

“Newcastle is a city I love, the people have always been fantastic to me, it’s a great playing group and I’d like to wish everyone at the club the best of luck in the upcoming season.”

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Jets boss Ernie Merrick thanked the defender for his service to the club, saying: "Ivan is a top professional and has been a terrific servant to the Jets.

"Unfortunately we weren't able to offer Ivan the guaranteed game time he wants, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours."