Jets applaud A-League All Stars concept

The Newcastle Jets has welcomed the announcement of the A-League All Stars match against Manchester United.

The Hunter Sports Newcastle Jets has welcomed the announcement of the A-League All Stars match against Manchester United at ANZ Stadium this July.

The international exhibition match on Saturday, July 20 will be is likely to feature a full strength United squad including the likes of Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie.

The A-League All Stars will represent the best of the Hyundai A-League with the team to be preselected by fans.

“The A-League All Stars concept is something that-s been talked about for some time and for it to come to fruition is a major thing for the competition,” Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said.

“Australians are so familiar with the English Premier League and in terms of profile, there probably isn-t any team you could bring to Australia that-s bigger than Manchester United.”

Middleby said the match will be a great experience for all the A-League players who are selected to take part.

“For representatives from each A-League Club to have the chance to play against a team like Manchester United is a fantastic opportunity for all the players,” he said.

“I definitely expect to see a few Newcastle Jets players selected for the All Stars team and it-s not too far for Newcastle football fans to travel and watch the game as well, which is good.”

Middleby said he hoped to see the A-League All Stars match become an annual fixture on the Australian football calendar.

“With the long off-season that we have in Australia, it is especially important to break things up with fixtures like this, that keep interest in the A-League at a high level,” he said.

“Whether it becomes an annual event will be determined by the interest in the game and how successful the whole event is."

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