Jets vow to target superstar signings

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 ( ). 

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.

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