Writing was on the wall for Jets, says Topor-Stanley

Former Newcastle Jets defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley says the Hunter Valley club’s current issues have been a long time coming.

Topor-Stanley spent three-and-a-half years at Newcastle, but left to join Western Sydney Wanderers in June 2012, only months after owner Nathan Tinkler tried to hand the club’s licence back to the FFA.

The 29-year-old defender’s Wanderers make the trip to face Newcastle on Saturday in an important clash between the A-League’s two bottom clubs.

It’s been a tumultuous past six weeks for the Jets, with the club’s CEO and chairman resigning, the FFA putting pressure on owner Nathan Tinkler to pay off debts and a number of players axed.

At the heart of the issues has been uncertainty regarding Tinkler’s plans for the club.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Topor-Stanley told FourFourTwo about the Jets issues.

“The writing has been on the wall for a while there.

“I hope for the sake of everyone up there, including fans and players, that things get sorted ASAP.”

Joel Griffiths, David Carney, Kew Jaliens, Adrian Madaschi and Billy Celeski have been club outcasts since they were told to leave the Jets last month by coach Phil Stubbins and owner Nathan Tinkler.

The quintet have remained on the periphery until a contract stalemate is resolved and FourFourTwo was at Jets training on Thursday when Griffiths reacted angrily to being ostracised by Stubbins.

Topor-Stanley empathized with the players, some former teammates of his, as well as the Jets fans who haven’t seen their club reach the finals since the 2009-10 season.

“No one wants to see fellow professionals in a bad situation,” Topor-Stanley said.

“I know from personal experience that there are a lot of passionate football fans in Newcastle. I feel for them as well.”

Wanderers are fresh from their first win of the campaign, providing some momentum against the struggling Jets.

Newcastle have claimed just one point from their past five games but the Wanderers man said his side wouldn’t be complacent.

“To be honest the Jets are clearly going through a tough time, but we’re not going to be underestimating them,” Topor-Stanley said.

“In this league, any team can beat any other team on their way.

“We’ve just got to make sure that we build on last week and learn our lessons.”

Meanwhile, Topor-Stanley preferred not to comment on Wanderers’ own issues, following a Fairfax report which claimed the club had isolated unwanted players and pressured them to accept contract terminations.

“It’s not one for me to comment on,” he said.

The Professional Footballers’ Australia have condemned the allegations, claiming it’s a breach of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and workplace regulations.