Newcastle Jets coach Phil Stubbins claims he’s been given the financial green light to target up to two marquee signings for next season.
Speaking with the Newcastle Herald, the under-fire Jets coach said an Australian and international marquee were on the radar of the club for Season 11 of the Hyundai A-League.
And the English-born coach claimed he’d been given the all clear to fund the signings by Jets owner Nathan Tinkler.
‘‘We’ll definitely be going for a marquee, possibly two if we can get hold of the right one, who is Australian as well.
“We’ll be filling the roster and maxing out the salary cap," he said ( http://www.theherald.com.au/story/3002153/all-255m-salary-cap-to-go-on-marquee-players-stubbins/?cs=306 ).
Marquees are paid outside the salary cap in the Hyundai A-League and clubs can sign up to two such superstars. Their most recent high-profile marquee was former England and Liverpool striker Emile Heskey.
“We need to do it in a way that we’re effectively spending our money and putting a squad and team together again that can play possession-based football, can press when it needs to, can score when it needs to score and can also be defensively strong,” Stubbins added.
Jets are currently bottom of the Hyundai A-League. They face Premier’s Plate aspirants Melbourne Victory tonight (Fri) in Melbourne.