A-League Jets sign Brennan, Alivodic

Newcastle Jets have made the first moves to rebuild their A-League squad for next season, re-signing Serbian midfielder Enver Alivodic and adding state league speedster Andy Brennan.

Alivodic made an impression in the final weeks of the A-League season after moving from Europe and has signed a one-year extension to his deal.

Brennan, 22, has penned a two-year deal at the Jets after the striker impressed during a trial period in the Hunter.

Jets coach Phil Stubbins says Brennan reminds him of a certain Socceroos striker who he coached while at Adelaide United.

"Andy plays in a way that can be compared to Mathew Leckie," he said.

"When Mathew came to Adelaide he was a raw, untapped talent, but he possessed pace and an eye for goal which was nurtured over time.

"(Brennan) is a player that we've identified could turn into a very good player.

"There's no pressure on him whatsoever, but we believe we've identified a gem and someone that deserves an opportunity."

Brennan grew up in Tasmania, playing for South Hobart before signing for South Melbourne last year.

He becomes the only senior contracted Tasmanian-raised player in the A-League.

Stubbins said Alivodic had improved his conditioning since his arrival in February and slotted in nicely at the Jets.

"Aside from his football ability, everyone at the Jets has been impressed with Enver's attitude and approach, and he certainly displayed a clear desire to remain in Newcastle which is a great testament to the city and club," Stubbins said.

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