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ROY O’DONOVAN HANDED 10-GAME BAN

Newcastle Jets striker Roy O’Donovan has been handed a 10 match ban for his challenge on Melbourne Victory keeper Lawrence Thomas in the A-League Grand Final. The FFA’s independent Disciplinary & Ethics Committee announced the sanction this afternoon, after reviewing the incident at a hearing last week. O’Donovan will miss 10 games, which can include A-League and FFA Cup fixtures. The Newcastle Jets have indicated they will challenge the ban.

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NEWCASTLE JETS SIGN DEAL WITH ST COLUMBA ANGLICAN SCHOOL

The Newcastle Jets have signed a two year deal with St Columba Anglican School to host a new football academy in Port Macquarie. It’s aimed at creating more opportunities for players aged between 9 and 14. The academy, which is now underway, will provide an additional training venue and access to coaches and players from the Jets. It also opens the door for players and coaches from St Columba to visit the main academy in Newcastle. (VISION ONLY)  

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VARGAS RE-SIGNS WITH THE JETS

Newcastle coach Ernie Merrick says we haven’t seen the best of Venezuelan import Ronald Vargas, but A-League fans will get the chance, following news the Jets have re-signed the 31-year-old for the 2018/19 season. Vargas showed glimpses of brilliance in 2017, before suffering a terrible injury in October. He returned for the latter stages of the season and the finals. Vargas recently had a pin removed from his ankle, but is expected to take part in a full Australian pre-season for the first time.

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JETS SIGN NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL ON TWO YEAR DEAL

Jets CEO Lawrie McKinna says the club is open to signing another high-profile marquee, even if Ronald Vargas extends his stay. Newcastle officials today confirmed the signing of New Zealand international, Matthew Ridenton, on a two-year deal. The 22-year-old midfielder has made 72 appearances for the Phoenix, playing part of his career under current Jets coach, Ernie Merrick. Ridenton was voted Wellington’s best under-23 player in the club’s disappointing 2017/18 campaign, starting all but one game.

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JETS PHYSIO DEPARTS AFTER SIX SEASONS

While management is working hard to retain a handful of players, the Jets today bid farewell to physio, Justin Dougherty, who worked with Newcastle for six seasons. During the 2017/18 campaign, Dougherty received plenty of praise from coach Ernie Merrick, for getting several injured players back ahead of schedule, including Ronald Vargas and Nigel Boogaard.

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