Newcastle Jets sign defender Sam Gallagher

Defender Sam Gallagher is back on Aussie soil after signing a one-year deal with the Newcastle Jets.

Gallagher joins the Hunter outfit after a brief stint at Vietnamese Club Hanoi T&T, where he made 11 appearances and scored two goals.

The 23-year-old graduated from the youth team of Sydney FC before periods at Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory where he struggled for first team football.

“I always had it in my mind that if I had the chance to play in Australia again I’d look to try and take it, so when the opportunity to trial with Newcastle came up I jumped at the chance.” Gallagher said.

“Thankfully the trial went well and I was able to get a contract. I’m excited to be a Jets player and really looking forward to getting a good pre-season under my belt and giving everything I can for the club.

“I’m lucky enough to know a few of the boys from previous experiences and the rest of the squad has been really good to me since I came in on trial, so it’s made the transition nice and easy.”

Jets head coach Phil Stubbins said Gallagher gave Newcastle added depth across the backline.

“Sam brings a real balance to the squad as a player who can fill the role of left stopper or left fullback,” Stubbins said.

“I think he’s got a lot of confidence from the experience he’s had in Asia and he’s learnt a hell of a lot from his time over there as well.

“He’s a good kid who is hungry for success and we’re pleased to have him in Newcastle.”

A former youth international, Gallagher represented Australia at U-20 level 18 times and playing alongside current Jets teammates Mark Birighitti and Ben Kantarovski at the U-20 World Cup in 2011.