Newcastle Jets believe they are onto a winner in new signing Andy Brennan, likening the attacker to Socceroo Mathew Leckie.
Brennan joins the Jets on a two-year deal from South Melbourne FC in the PS4 National Premier Leagues (NPL) Victoria.
Jets coach Phil Stubbins says the 22-year-old’s story, ability and potential is similar to that of former Adelaide United ace Leckie, now lining up for FC Ingolstadt 04 in Germany.
Stubbins, who worked with Leckie at Adelaide, said while there was no pressure on Brennan to emulate the former Bulleen Lions forward, he believes he has the capacity to make a telling impact in the A-League.
“Andy plays in a way that can be compared to Mathew Leckie,” Stubbins said.
“When Mathew came to Adelaide he was a raw, untapped talent, but he possessed pace and an eye for goal which was nurtured over time.
“(Brennan) is a player that we’ve identified could turn into a very good player in the Hyundai A-League.
“He was best on ground when I watched him against Melbourne Knights a few weeks ago, he’s six foot two, very quick, and has scored a heck of a lot of goals at state level.”
Brennan was monitored for more than six months by Stubbins and joins the club after a mass exodus of established players.
He has enjoyed a rapid rise since featuring in last year’s inaugural Westfield FFA Cup for South Hobart – his successful penalty in a shootout after extra time not enough to stop his side bowing out in the round of 32.
In 2014 he netted 25 goals to finish the second highest goal scorer in the Tasmanian Victory League and also picked up the Best and Fairest award two years running.
That form convinced South Melbourne to bring the attacker to Victoria.
“It’s pretty amazing to think how far I have come in such a short period of time,” Brennan said.
“But this is a challenge that I welcome and I am really looking forward to getting started in Newcastle.
“I finish with South Melbourne on June 5 (when they take on Melbourne Knights) and will be in Newcastle for the first day of pre-season on June 22,’
Brennan said Jets members and fans can expect him to produce a “positive” style of play for the club.
“I am a pretty positive player in the sense that I am direct and always want to try and get in behind the defence,” he said.
“Obviously the Hyundai A-League is another level, but given I will be playing with some high-class players that should only help me to improve my game.”comments