Fringe Socceroo David Carney has been thrown a lifeline by the Newcastle Jets who have signed the former Sky Blue for the remainder of the 2013/14 A-League season.
Carney has been a free agent since being released by MLS outfit the New York Red Bulls in November.
The 30-year-old, capped 48 times for the Australian national team, said he was excited to be returning to the A-League and will hit the training paddock with his Newcastle teammates on Tuesday morning.
Carney told the club's official website: “I’m very happy to have signed with Newcastle and I’m really looking forward to getting out on the pitch and playing some games.
"I’ve got a lot of hunger to do well for this club and my main focus is to work hard and make a positive impact.
“I’ve had a little bit of a break since the MLS playoffs finished and now I’m ready to get back into it, help the team finish the season strongly and hopefully qualify for the finals.”
Carney last played in the A-League for Sydney FC, making 38 appearances for the Sky Blues and scoring seven goals.
The Macarthur Rams junior then had stints in England with Sheffield United and Norwich City, before switching to Dutch side FC Twente, with whom he won the Eredivisie title in 2009/10.
Carney has endued an unsettled career in recent years returning to England for the 2010/11 season, making 11 appearances for English Premier League outfit Blackpool.
Stints at Spanish second-division club AD Alcorcon and Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor followed, before Carney linked-up with fellow Socceroo Tim Cahill in New York.
Newcastle’s interim head coach Clayton Zane said the signing of Carney was a fantastic addition to the Jets’ squad which is currently languishing in 9th spot on the A-League ladder and at risk of missing out on finals football.
“We’re very pleased to have signed a player of David’s calibre,” Zane said.
“He’s played at the highest level for club and country and he’ll bring a wealth of experience and leadership to the team.
“You’re always looking for natural lefties and David’s a versatile footballer who can play anywhere down the left flank, which is great for the balance of our squad.”4 comments