Transfer news

Heskey extends A-League stay

April 2, 2013
By ESPN staff

Former England striker Emile Heskey has signed a one-year extension with the Newcastle Jets, keeping him in the A-League until the end of next season.

Emile Heskey continued his scoring start for Newcastle Jets against Sydney Wanderers
GettyImagesHeskey scored nine goals from 23 appearances this season

Heskey, 35, joined Newcastle from Aston Villa on a season-long contract and admits he had no hesitation in extending his stay in Australia, despite his side failing to make the finals.

The striker admits the disappointment of finishing in eighth place this season made him more motivated to succeed with the club.

"Everyone has made me feel very welcome here and I've really enjoyed my first season playing for the Jets," Heskey said. "I'm looking forward to getting a full pre-season under my belt and helping the team push for a finals place next season."

Heskey scored nine goals from 23 appearances in his first season in the A-League and Jets coach Gary van Egmond believes the marquee player has been influential for his side.

 

"He brings a wealth of experience to our squad with everything he's achieved in his career," van Egmond said. "His performances in his first season with us were excellent and we're looking forward to seeing more of the same from him next year."

Heskey was one of three high profile players to join the A-League this season - alongside Western Sydney's Shinji Ono and Sydney FC's Alessandro Del Piero - and Newcastle chief executive Robbie Middleby believes the former Liverpool striker has aided the Jets' fortunes off the pitch.

"The impact Emile has made at the Jets both on and off the field since he arrived in Newcastle cannot be overstated," Middleby said. "To have him sign on for another season shows he believes in what we're doing at the Jets and it's a massive compliment to the club.

"It will be great for the development of some of our younger players to be able to learn from a footballer of Emile's stature for another season."