Kokko arrived in Newcastle at the weekend after scoring three goals in his last three games with RoPS in Finland’s Veikkausliiga.

The 29-year-old was given a touching send off by fans as RoPS crushed local rivals PS Kemi in a 5-0 derby triumph last week.

RoPS hailed Kokko as their best ever player while the club’s fans hoisted a giant banner which said simply: “KIITOS” [Thank You].

Kokko’s shift to the A-League and the Jets' #9 shirt will be the first time that the tall, Russian-born former Finland U21 international has played abroad.

He twice finished as the Veikkausliiga’s top goal scorer and scored nine times in 15 Veikkausliiga matches in 2016 before his move to Australia.

“It’s nice to be here,” Kokko said after completing his medical. “From my first training session, my first game I want to show that I can be good in Australia.

“My former club and fans are happy for me to have come here to show that I can be a good player abroad.

“The reception that I got from them last week was amazing. It was a very emotional moment for me because the RoPS fans understand that I wanted to take a new step in my career having achieved a lot personally in Finland.

“I am a target player who likes to play with the ball on the ground,” said Kokko, who played against new team-mate Wayne Brown in the Veikkausliiga.

Jets coach Scott Miller says the Finn will prove to be a vital addition to his squad.

“We believe that Aleksandr possesses the right technical qualities that we require from our striker,” Miller said.

“Aleksandr has a real desire to be successful here in the Hyundai A-League, so I welcome him and look forward to working with him.”