Goalkeeper departs Newcastle Jets

Newcastle Jets have confirmed the departure of goalkeeper Jack Duncan as he takes up an opportunity overseas.

A clause has been triggered in Duncan’s contract, with the club offered a significant transfer fee for the services of the young custodian.

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Duncan will immediately depart the Jets training camp at the Pinatar Arena Football Centre and join his new club.

The 25-year-old is expected to confirm the identity of his new employers within the next 24 hours.

The talented shot-stopper made his senior debut for the Jets in 2011, appearing for the club on 51 occasions and was an integral part of the Jets Hyundai A-League 2017/18 campaign.

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Newcastle boss Ernie Merrick said he was disappointed to lose Duncan.

“I’m extremely disappointed to lose Jack, but he’s been offered an opportunity that he wants to pursue,” Merrick said.

“He’s a great team man and well-respected member of this club, his engagement with our fans and his contribution to the Newcastle community shouldn’t be overlooked.

“At his age and with his ability, I think Jack has the potential to go onto big things and I wish him the very best with the next step in his career.”

Duncan said while he has loved his time in Newcastle, the time was right to take the next step.

“I made my (Hyundai) A-League debut with the Jets, the club has given me so much,” Duncan said.

“I’ve grown as a player during my time in Newcastle, I’ve had some great times and worked with some fantastic people.

“This is a great opportunity to develop my career and one that I couldn’t pass up.”