Former Australian youth international, Jason Hoffman, has returned to the Newcastle Jets where he achieved his greatest success.
Hoffman secured a one year deal with the Hunter outfit after reaching an agreement to leave A-League rivals Melbourne City late on Thursday.
The 26-year-old received a high profile endorsement when former City winger and Irish international, Damien Duff, contacted Jets coach Scott Miller about signing the Newcastle-born utility.
“Everyone that I have spoken to about Jason Hoffman has confirmed that he is a fantastic professional,” Miller said.
“In fact, I received phone calls from a number of players, including Damien Duff who I worked with at Fulham and who Jason played with at Melbourne City, recommending that we take a look at recruiting Jason.
“Truth is we were well down the path of signing Jason when Damien called, but it was certainly nice to receive feedback from someone of Damien’s calibre that Jason would be a great addition to the Jets.”
Hoffman was part of the Jets 2008 A-League Championship winning squad, and scored a vital goal for the club during the 2009 AFC Champions League campaign.
His header against Ulsan Hyundai at the Munsu Football Stadium in Korea Republic ensured Newcastle advanced to the knockout phase of the competition at its first attempt.
"I am extremely proud and humbled to be given the opportunity to represent my home town, and be part of what’s going to be an exciting rebuilding phase of the Newcastle Jets," Hoffman said of the move.
“The new direction of the club looks like it’s the right one – everyone is excited around the club and the buzz is something that is infectious.
“I want to be a big part of the rebuilding phase and I want to try and help make a cultural difference at the club so we can be successful for the people of Newcastle.
“As a footballer I think I have matured over the last five years, and obviously fullback is a position that I have played the last few years at City.
“I feel very much at home there and I feel like I can give a lot to the team, to the club, and to the people of Newcastle in that position.”
Originally an attacker, Hoffman transitioned to playing a predominately right back role during his time with City.
Newcastle coach Scott Miller has a massive task to rebuild last season’s wooden spooners ahead of the 2015-16 campaign and says his new signing will add experience to the squad.
Hoffman will link-up with his new teammates for the first time today.comments