Caravella targets new Jets deal

Newcastle midfielder Zenon Caravella wants to stay at the Jets when his contract finishes at the end of this season but may be forced to leave the A-League club.

Caravella signed a one-season deal in October, rejoining the Jets after being released early last year to pursue interests outside of football. The 31-year old has only missed three of Newcastle’s 19 A-League fixtures in the 2014-2015 campaign since his return.

Caravella told FourFourTwo he hasn’t had any discussions with the Jets yet about a new deal.

“I’m currently contracted until the end of the season and I haven’t heard anything from the club regarding a new contract for next year,” he said.

“Obviously I’d still love to play in the A-League so if it’s not with the Jets then it will be with another club.”

Caravella has made over 120 appearances in the A-League with the New Zealand Knights, Gold Coast United, Adelaide United and the Jets. He joined Newcastle in 2013 from the Reds.

The midfielder also played in the NSL with Sydney Olympic and in Holland for two years.

Caravella said he has received interest from other clubs in the A-League and overseas.

“I’m definitely having conversations at the moment here and overseas, so I’m just evaluating what’s best for my family at the moment,” he said.

It has been a terrible season for the Jets, with just one win from 19 games and the club afflicted by off-field issues. Five senior players were sacked in January and the Hunter club currently sits in ninth place on the A-League table.

Caravella said he would like to stay with the Jets to help turn the club around.

“For sure it has been a challenging season but I’ve been around for a long time and as a professional you just have to keep putting in the effort and give your best as a player,” he said.

“For me obviously I love Newcastle and the family is settled here but as everyone knows football can be strange and take you anywhere. Having that, I would love to be part of rebuilding something special here.”