Jets re-sign Taggart

The Newcastle Jets have announced the re-signing of in-form striker Adam Taggart to a one-year contract extension.

The Newcastle Jets have announced the re-signing of in-form striker Adam Taggart to a one-year contract extension.

The 20-year-old has taken the Australian game by storm in recent weeks as the competition-s leading goal scorer with six goals.

Fresh off his incredible hat-trick against the Melbourne Heart last Sunday, Taggart says he is thrilled to commit to the Club for another season.

“It-s fantastic to re-sign for a great club like Newcastle,” Taggart said.

“We are all going in the right direction here, so it-s an exciting time and I-m really pleased.

“We-ve been talking for quite a while and it-s great that we-ve come to an agreement.”

Taggart reserves special praise for the Jets' Members and supporters, crediting them for playing a crucial role in his re-signing.

“A massive thing for me was just coming off the field last week and having that standing ovation,” Taggart added.

“That made me really feel a massive part of Newcastle in me, so the deal was definitely something I couldn-t say no to.

“The thought in my head was that it would be great to experience that week-in and week-out now, so the fans played a massive part in me re-signing."

Taggart also thanked the entire Jets organisation for their support and loyalty since linking with the Club in 2012.

"The Club has been magnificent since I-ve come here," he said.

"They-ve shown the belief in me.

"I think throughout my whole time here I-ve been made to feel very welcome.

"And the ongoing talks I-ve had with the Club have been nothing, but absolute support.

"I think for all us young players they just want the best for us and to help us make a great career just as much as we do."

Jets CEO Robbie Middleby says the re-signing of Taggart is a great boost for the Club.

“We are obviously really excited to re-sign Adam and to secure his future at the Club, we believe he is one of the most promising talents in the country,” Middleby said.

“It has been wonderful to see Adam-s development during his time at the Jets and we look forward to that continuing next season.”

Having been capped at Under-20 and Under-23 level, Taggart made his full senior international debut for Australia in December 2012, and has already played four times for the Socceroos, scoring once, against China at the East Asian Cup in July.

Touted by some observers as a potential candidate for Australia's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, his next opportunity to impress Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou will arrive when the Jets visit Sydney FC on Saturday evening.