A-League Jets sign Steele

Northern Ireland international Jonny Steele consulted teammate Tim Cahill before agreeing to a two-season A-League deal with the Newcastle Jets.

The Jets announced on Sunday they had secured 28-year-old midfielder Steele, who was struggling to get playing time with Cahill's New York Red Bulls this season before being released last week.

Steele has made three appearances for Northern Ireland, most recently in friendly matches against Uruguay and Chile in the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup and he played in 50 Major League Soccer matches for the New York Red Bulls, scoring six goals in two seasons.

Steele said he was looking forward to starting with the Jets.

"I spoke to David Carney and Tim Cahill about the Newcastle Jets and the A-League itself and they both had plenty of good things to say," Steele said.

"It's a growing league with lots of opportunities and now I'm just looking forward to getting to Newcastle and seeing for myself what it is all about.

"I'm a hard-working player who gives 100 per cent every time I'm on the field and that's what I'll look to bring to the Jets."

Jets coach Phil Stubbins said Steel would add strength to the left side of the Jets midfield.

"Jonny is an established player who comes to us at a good age and with good experience under his belt from his time in the MLS," Stubbins said.

"He's a player that is capable of contributing goals as well, which is a obviously a very valuable attribute."


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