Transfer news: Jets land ex-Roar star


Former Brisbane Roar star Dimitri Petratos will join brother Kosta in Newcastle Jets colours next season after the Hunter club announced a two-season deal for the attacking star on Tuesday.

In January this year the Jets announced that the Petratos brothers had joined the club, only for Dimitri’s deal to take a twist the following month. 

Roar opted to sell Petratos to K-League Classic club Ulsan Hyundai just before the start of their AFC Champions League campaign.

But after just eight appearances for the Korean club, Petratos mutually terminated his contract and is now set to feature for the Jets until 2019.

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Having completed his medical in Newcastle on Tuesday Petratos spoke of his satisfaction to be back in the Hyundai A-League.

“I am very happy to join the club,” Petratos said.

“Through the media I have been following the Jets and just seeing what’s been happening over the past few months is very exciting.”

“Newcastle is the only current team in the Hyundai A-League that I haven’t scored against. Now that I have come here I kind of feel like it is my home. Now I won’t be able to score against the Jets, only for them.”

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“I’m looking forward to meeting the boys officially and to be in the team with them. I’ll work hard and play my part in the team, but two things I know I am here for are to assist and score goals,” he said. 

Newcastle Jets boss Ernie Merrick understands Petratos’ qualities and hopes that he can help mould the 124-game Hyundai A-League player into an even more effective attacking force during his time at the Jets.

“‘Dimi’ is an attacking midfielder who is confident on the ball, can retain possession and play key forward passes to strikers,” Merrick said.

“I hope to add to his game and encourage him to push more often into goal scoring areas.”

“Dimi is an exciting player and a terrific signing for the Jets,” he concluded.

Newcastle Jets 2017/18 Roster
Goalkeepers: Jack Duncan, Glen Moss
Defenders: Jason Hoffman, Nigel Boogaard, Ivan Vujica, Nick Cowburn, Daniel Alessi, Lachlan Jackson, Daniel Georgievski
Midfielders: Steven Ugarkovic, Wayne Brown, Andrew Nabbout, John Koutroumbis, Devante Clut, Mario Shabow, Ben Kantarovski, Dimitri Petratos
Attackers: Aleksandr Kokko, Roy O’Donovan, Kosta Petratos