Jets re-sign Carney for two years

The Newcastle Jets have re-signed David Carney to a two-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of 2015/16 Hyundai A-League season.

Carney, who has been capped 48 times for the Socceroos, joined the Jets late last season after a stint playing for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.

He follows Joel Griffiths as the second member of the Jets’ 2013/14 squad to ink a new deal with the club following the appointment of Phil Stubbins as head coach last week.

After an unsettled period, the 30-year-old said he was excited to have secured his future in Newcastle for a further two seasons.

“I’ve really enjoyed the vibe since I’ve been in Newcastle and I’m happy to have signed on for a couple more years,” he said.

“I’m confident we can go into next season and have a good crack at it and give this town what it deserves, which is a team that not only makes the playoffs but is able to achieve even more than that.

“I was really pleased when I had the chance to sit down with Phil and discuss his plans for the team.

“I think with the new coach and the squad we’re building, there are some really exciting times ahead for the Jets.”

A veteran of the 2010 World Cup, and former Sydney FC star, Carney was a regular starter for the green and gold under Pim Verbeek and Holger Osieck, but was not named in current Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou's 30-man provisional squad for Brazil.

Carney made seven appearances for the Jets last season, playing primarily as a left-winger and contributing three goal assists.

“I think in the last few games of the season I was just starting to get myself really fit and find some good form,” he said.

“I’m focused on working hard during the pre-season and hopefully myself and the rest of the lads can start the year with a bang.”

Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said re-signing a player of Carney’s calibre was a big positive for the club.

“There were a number of clubs both in Australia and abroad that showed interest in David, so we’re delighted that he has opted to re-sign with the Jets for two more seasons,” Middleby said.

“David has a wealth of experience having previously played at the highest level in Europe and representing Australia on the international stage at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2011 AFC Asian Cup.

“David is excited to be part of the Jets’ future and is looking forward to making a big impact in the A-League next season with a full pre-season under his belt.”