After being released by Central Coast Mariners, Johnny Warren medallist Marcos Flores has been thrown an A-League lifeline by F3 derby rivals, the Newcastle Jets.
The Hunter outfit has signed the 28-year-old on a one-year deal to keep him at Newcastle for the upcoming season.
The move reunites the Argentine playmaker with Jets head coach Phil Stubbins who was assistant at Adelaide United when Flores first set the league alight with the Reds.
Flores was named the competition’s best player following a stellar 2010/11 campaign with United.
He scored nine goals and provided eight assists in 29 appearances for Adelaide, before securing a move to Chinese Super League club Henan Jianye.
He returned to Australia after two years in China, signing with Melbourne Victory for the 2012/13 season, before switching to the Central Coast Mariners ahead of the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League campaign.
“I’m extremely happy to be joining the Newcastle Jets and it was a decision I really didn’t have to think twice about,” Flores told the club's official website.
“I know Phil from my first day in Australia and I’m very excited to work with him again.
“I think there is a bright future ahead for the Jets and I can’t wait to arrive in Newcastle and give everything for the club and the fans in the way I train and play.”
Flores’ 2013/14 season with the Mariners was cut short after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, but the crafty South American said he is confident of returning bigger and better with the Jets this campaign.
“The Jets have shown faith in me and I’m really excited to finish my recovery so I can repay them on the pitch,” Flores said.
“I’m 28 years old, I’m so in love with the game and I can’t wait to start working really hard from the first day in Newcastle to be a better player and help the team win.”
Newcastle Jets head coach Phil Stubbins said that Flores’ creativity and skill on the ball would provide the Jets with a valuable point of difference in the attacking part of the pitch.
“Reaching this agreement with Marcos is a big coup for the club because I think he could be a real joker in the pack for us this coming campaign,” Stubbins said.
“We’ve had reports on Marcos’ progression to date with his rehabilitation from his knee injury and we know he is extremely focused on his recovery.
“With the help of our fantastic medical staff, we’re confident of seeing the best of Marcos this coming season.
“He’s someone who can provide great service for the players in the front third and he also has the ability to find the back of the net himself.
“Marcos is a terrific guy who will fit in nicely with what the Newcastle Jets are all about and we’re very excited to welcome him to the club.”
Flores has made 67 appearances in the Hyundai A-League, scoring 16 goals.comments