Jets confirm Watson signing

Former Adelaide United utility Cameron Watson has signed a one-year deal with the Newcastle Jets as the club ramps up its rebuilding phase.

Watson’s signing comes on the back of news that Western Sydney Wanderers duo, Labinot Haliti and Mateo Poljak, have also joined the Hunter outfit.

All three will link-up with the squad on Friday as new coach Scott Miller attempts to transform last season’s wooden-spooners into a competitive force.

Watson started 73 of his 106 appearances for the Reds during his five-season spell in the city of churches. He arrived in Newcastle on Thursday afternoon and successfully completed his medical with Jets staff.

Miller said he was confident the former FC Porto and VVV Venlo man will prove to be a shrewd acquisition for the club.

“Cameron Watson has accumulated sound A-League experience over the past five years to complement his time developing in Europe when he was younger,” Miller said.

“A clear benefit for us is that Cameron can play not only a midfield role, but also provide cover in the right fullback position. Naturally this adds depth to our squad and will help increase competition for places in the team.

“We view Cameron as a combative but also clever player who at 28 still has time some of his best years as a professional ahead of him.”

Melbourne-born Watson will be hoping to figure more prominently for the Jets than he did with Adelaide.

“It’s a new challenge and a fresh start,” Watson said. “There are exciting times ahead I think with this rebuilding phase of the club.

“In terms of my style of play, I have always prided myself on getting up and down the field and helping out in defence and attack.

“Newcastle was always a tough place to come and play while I was with Adelaide, so I am looking forward to helping the team make sure that whenever we play we make our members proud."