Former Australian youth international Joel Allwright has signed with Newcastle through to end of the current A-League campaign.
Allwright last played with Adelaide City FC in the National Premier Leagues (South Australia) and the FFA Cup.
The 28-year-old has linked with the Jets as a mature aged rookie.
“I am over the moon,” Allwright, who has spent the past week trialling with the Jets, said. “I have been waiting for a very long time to get a chance in the A-League so I am very, very happy that this has happened.”
“I have really enjoyed playing at Adelaide City over the past few years and I didn’t know if a chance in the (Hyundai) A-League or higher would happen, so this is a bonus.
“I have only got four months or so on the contract so I am looking to make the most of my time at the Jets.”
Allwright played in matches against Mexico, Turkey and Uruguay at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship held in Peru in 2005.
The Australian Institute of Sport graduate later featured for his hometown Adelaide United in the National Youth League, before playing a number of successful seasons in the NPL.
Jets head coach Mark Jones said Allwright’s addition would help add competition for places in his squad.
“Joel is an asset to the depth of our squad,” Jones said. “He is technically very good and he is also a superb athlete,” he said.
“Joel comes into the squad primarily as a back-up for our fullback roles, however he also offers utility value in the middle of the park.”