Newcastle Jets have announced the return of Labinot Haliti and the capture of highly-rated Mateo Poljak as the club continues to rebuild ahead of the 2015-15 A-League campaign.
The Western Sydney Wanderers foundation players signed two-year deals with the Hunter outfit and will link up with the rest of the squad at training on Friday.
This will be Haliti’s third stint with the Jets after joining the Jets in 2005 for two years and then serving as an injury replacement in 2009.
The 29-year-old winger and second striker was a fan favourite at Pirtek Stadium. A Wanderers foundation player he made 70 appearances for the club, scoring nine goals.
According to the Newcastle Herald the Jets are also in discussions with defensive utility Cameron Watson, 28, who was released by Adelaide United at the end of last season.
Aryn Williams, the 21-year-old younger brother of Socceroo Rhys, has been trialling with the club after three years with Championship outfit Burnley before returning to the Western Australian State League .
New coach Scott Miller has ssalso run the rule over triallists Iain Ramsay, Kofi Danning, Max Burgess and Pat Antelmi.
Former Leeds and Wigan striker Antelmi is headed home to Australia in December in search of an A-League deal.
The centre forward, who signed with Portsmouth as a 15-year-old from Blacktown City, had been based in the UK for nearly five years.
Meanwhile, midfielder Burgess made five apperances for the Jets at the end of last season as an injury replacement.
Ex Adelaide United plater Ramsay has left to seek opportunities in Iran, but former Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar striker, Danning has been given another week to prove himself, the Newcastle Herald reported.
Wanderers announced the departure of Haliti and Poljak on Wednesday.
CEO John Tsatsimas said: “Both Mateo and Labinot have been absolutely outstanding ambassadors for this club since our formation and while their time here now comes to a close they will be remembered for their achievements on the field and the attitude and values they exhibited off it.
“Their time with the club saw us go through a period of unprecedented success and they will forever be fondly remembered by all members of the Wanderers family."
Haliti said the Wanderers would always hold a special place in his heart.
“The club has made me who I am today. These last three years we have seen so much success – when you achieve so much in such a short time it is hard to explain,” Haliti said.
“To the fans, I will never forget your support and passion and to the coaching staff, the boss and the administration of the club, to achieve the things we did together was amazing and something I can never forget.”
Poljak thanked the club and the fans for their support over the past three seasons.
“First of all I’d like to say an enormous thank you to all the Wanderers family, to the staff, club and fans,” Poljak said.
“If it wasn’t for the Wanderers I wouldn’t have come to Australia. Coming to Australia, playing for the Wanderers changed my life in such a positive way. Playing for the Wanderers is the biggest thing that has happened in my career.
“This club will always have a special place in my heart and I have nothing but gratitude for the unbelievable memories I take away with me.”comments