Newcastle Jets sign man of Steele

Newcastle Jets have boosted their midfield ranks with the signing of Northern Ireland international Jonny Steele for the next two A-League seasons.

Steele, 28, is a current international having represented Northern Ireland as recently as June in matches against 2014 World Cup representatives Uruguay and Chile.

The left-sided midfielder joins the club having departed New York Red Bulls in the Major Soccer League where he was the teammate of Socceroo Tim Cahill.

Steele made 32 starts out of 33 appearances for Red Bull in his first season at the club, notching up an impressive five goals and six assists. 

He helped the club to their first significant trophy, the 2013 Supporter's Shield, but failed to cement his spot in the starting eleven last season. 

The Northern Irishman has spent most of his career in North America, with clubs like Real Salt Lake and the Vancouver Whitecaps among those on his CV.

Steele is looking forward to a new chapter in his career as he departs for the shores of Australia.

“It’s an exciting new chapter in my career,” Steele said.

“I spoke to David Carney and Tim Cahill about the Newcastle Jets and the A-League itself and they both had plenty of good things to say.

“It’s a growing league with lots of opportunities and now I’m just looking forward to getting to Newcastle and seeing for myself what it is all about.

“Having spoken to Phil (Stubbins) and Robbie (Middleby), I’m excited to be part of what they are looking to build there.

“I’m a hard working player who gives 100 per cent every time I’m on the field and that’s what I’ll look to bring to the Jets.”

Head coach Phil Stubbins was delighted with the capture of a player of Steele's calibre.

“Jonny is an established player who comes to us at a good age and with good experience under his belt from his time in the MLS,” Stubbins said.

“His signing certainly adds strength to our midfield, particularly on the left-hand side and he’s a player that is capable of contributing goals as well, which is a obviously a very valuable attribute.

“We’re very excited and happy to have Jonny at the Jets and we’re looking forward to welcoming him to Newcastle.”

Steele joins Adrian Madaschi, Marcos Flores, Josh Barresi and Edson Montaño as the Jets signings for the 2014-15 A-League season so far.