Chapman parts ways with Jets

The overhaul at the Newcastle Jets continues apace with promising defender Connor Chapman mutually agreeing to terminate his contract with the club.

The 19-year-old, who only signed an extension with the Hunter outfit in December, is said to be in talks with A-League rivals Melbourne Heart.

Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said the decision, effective immediately, was based on Chapman’s desire for guaranteed first-team football.

“As a club, we were unable to guarantee him that opportunity at the Jets next season, so we have made the mutual decision for him to be released from his contract to pursue opportunities elsewhere,” Middleby said.

“We thank Connor for efforts and wish him all the best.”

The former Joey’s skipper was earmarked for big things under ex-coach Gary Van Egmond but was barely seen in the 2013/14 campaign.

His departure follows the announcement that the Jets will not be re-signing squad members James Brown, Joey Gibbs and Josh Mitchell.

Newy installed coach, Phil Stubbins, has vowed to revitalise the club's fortunes after they missed out on finals football for the fourth straight season.