Newcastle Jets swoop in for Jeronimo

Newcastle Jets have snapped up Jeronimo on a two-year deal after the striker obtained a release from Adelaide United.

The 28-year-old crowd favourite will play his final game for the Reds against Malaga CF on July 25 at the Adelaide Oval.

 Jeronimo scored 17 goals in 53 appearances since joining Adelaide in 2012.

The Argentine, who signed with the Jets on Friday, will boost the Hunter club’s attacking stocks after the loss of last season’s Golden Boot, Adam Taggart, to Fulham.

Jeronimo said he had spoken at length with Jets coach Phil Stubbins.

“Phil contacted me to tell me the ideas he had for the club and I was excited to be part of it," Jeronimo said.

“My job is to score goals and give 100 per cent for the team every time I am on the field, so hopefully myself and my teammates can help Newcastle finish in a strong position on the table. 

“I am very happy to join the Jets and I’m looking forward to getting started and doing my best for the fans.”

Stubbins described Jeronimo’s signing as a huge coup for the club.

 “Jeronimo is a very interesting player because he can play in numerous positions,” Stubbins said.

 “I see him as a second striker who can chip in with a very good goal return and I think he’ll complement the other strikers that we’ve got in Joel Griffiths and Edson Montano very nicely.

 “He certainly comes with a good reputation and we believe he will only enhance the culture we’re building here.”

 Meanwhile Reds coach Josep Gombau thanked the player for his service to the club.

“Jeronimo is a player that helped the team a lot in his time here,” Gombau said.

“I want to say thanks for all his efforts and what he put into the team.

“He will play his last game against Malaga and I hope that the people come out to say goodbye, because he is a player that needs to be recognised.”