EXCLUSIVE: Newcastle Jets will board their flight to South Korea on Saturday after peace talks between the players and management today resolved a damaging pay dispute, albeit temporarily.
It's understood that a meeting today at Newcastle Jets offices between club Chairman Con Constantine and at least two Jets players has resulted in the threatened ACL boycott being averted.
It's believed there has been progress in the discussions between the PFA and FFA over payments to players in the ACL and Jets players are happy enough with the direction the talks are heading.
As one player told au.fourfourtwo.com: "The PFA will take over from here and now we can concentrate on going to Korea to get the result we want."
The issue over payments blew up this week with the Jets players unhappy that an ACL pay deal had still not been struck between the PFA and FFA despite talks being ongoing since last Christmas.
The players threatened to boycott next Wednesday night's ACL clash with Ulsan.
The club argued that it was already paying the players a salary for the year which includes games in the ACL and that the dispute concerned the governing body and players' representative body.
With sanity now prevailing, the Jets only need a point from next Wednesday night's game in Korea against Ulsan Hyundai to go through to the knockout stages of the tournament, where they'd meet J-League heavyweights Kawasaki Frontale.
If that was to be achieved it would be a remarkable achievement given the influx of new players at the club following its wooden spoon season in the A-League and this week's pay dispute.