Ecuador's Montano signed to boost Jets' attack

The Newcastle Jets have signed striker Edson Montano on loan from Ecuadorian club Barcelona SC for the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season.

As reported by FourFourTwo, the club moved quickly to replace Fulham-bound Socceroo Adam Taggart who was the league's top goal scorer last season.

The 23-year-old Montano made four senior appearances for the Ecuadorian national team and was a member of their squad for the 2011 Copa America.

He has also represented his country at U-20 level, scoring five goals in 13 matches.

Athletic and physically imposing, the striker started every match for Ecuador at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Columbia where he came up against current Jets players Ben Kantarovski and Mark Birighitti.

“I am really excited to join the Newcastle Jets and experience a new journey in my football career,” Montano told the club's official website.

“I’m looking forward to being part of a growing competition like the A-League and experiencing the football and culture of Australia.

“Most importantly, I hope to score goals and help bring the Newcastle Jets and its members success on the field.”

Jets head coach Phil Stubbins said Montano would bring a unique set of attributes to the Jets’ frontline.

“Edson certainly brings the physical attributes that you need and he’s a very quick and powerful athlete,” Stubbins said.

“He’s got good technique, he knows where the back of the net is and I think at his age, he could develop into a very strong player.

“We’ve got him at the right time, at a good stage in his career and we’re hoping the A-League will allow him to push on and help cement himself as a high quality senior footballer.”

Montano has spent the majority of his professional career in his native Ecuador with stints at the competition’s two most successful Clubs, Barcelona SC and El Nacional.

In total, he has made 45 appearances in the Ecuadorian Serie A, scoring nine goals.

He also spent a season on the books of Belgian Juliper League Club K.A.A. Gent in 2010/11, making five first team appearances.