Young attacker Andrew Hoole has rebuffed Newcastle Jets best efforts to keep him at Hunter Stadium, with Sydney FC believed to have won the battle for the 21-year-old’s signature.
Hoole has decided to leave the Jets at the end of the season.
Newcastle Jets say they placed a “competitive offer” on the table, but the Australian youth international decided to join another A-League outfit.
In a recent interview on The World Game website, club owner and newly self-appointed chairman Nathan Tinkler said the club was “very keen to retain” Hoole.
He said the former Broadmeadow Magic midfielder had been offered a new deal to fend off the Sydney's advances.
‘‘He is a great young prospect and we want to retain our best juniors, starting with him,” Tinkler told the website.
‘‘He’s been a standout and one of the best under-23-year-olds in the competition.’’
The Jets, who are lying second from the bottom on the league ladder, are already plugging holes this season with Marcos Flores, Sam Gallaway and Johnny Steele leaving the Hunter.
Hoole progressed through the local ranks and the Newcastle Jets Youth team before making his senior debut with the Club in January 2013.
Coach Phil Stubbins said: “Andrew is a good young player that we have helped develop and we’ve made no secret that we wanted to keep him at the club.
“We put a strong offer to Andrew to renew his contract but we have been informed that he has decided to sign with another club for next season.”
Despite this decision, Stubbins is confident Hoole will continue to contribute positively to the embattled club which is languishing eight points from the playoffs.
“Our entire squad is focused on giving their all in the second half of the season,” Stubbins added.
“When he (Hoole) moves on at the end of the season we will wish him all the best, but until then Andrew is a Jets player and we expect him to continue to give 100 per cent.”comments