Former Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariner attacker Mitch Austin has signed for the Newcastle Jets on a one-year deal.
Austin, 27, joins the club after impressing the club’s management after undergoing a trial period with last season’s A-League runners up.
Upon announcing the signing, Newcastle boss Ernie Merrick was quick to point out Austin’s versatility across the attacking third.
“I’ve watched Mitch play for a couple of years now and I’m excited to have him at the Club,” Merrick said.
“He’s been training with us for a couple of weeks and has shown he has the attributes I look for in an attacking player.
“Mitch can play anywhere across the front third and will improve our depth, he possesses plenty of pace which will no doubt trouble opposition defences.”
Now having fully recovered from an ACL injury suffered in the early stages of the last campaign, Austin said he was keen to impress ahead of the new A-League season which kicks off in just over a month.
“It’s been great training with the boys these past few weeks, and now I’m excited to fight for a spot in the starting 11,” Austin said.
“The opportunity to play under Ernie really appealed to me, his attacking mindset and the freedom he gives players in the front third is something which will suit the way I like to play.
“The Club performed really strongly last season and I hope I can do my bit to help contribute to another successful year in 2018/19.”
Austin has previously spent time in England with the likes of Cambridge United, Lincoln City and Southport.