Former Central Coast Mariner and Melbourne Victory winger Mitch Austin has joined Newcastle Jets after trailing for a spot.
The 27-year-old made 24 appearances across two seasons for Victory, scoring four goals, on the heels of five goals in 23 appearances for the Central Coast Mariners in 2015/16.
English-born Austin has also spent time in the UK with clubs including Cambridge United, Lincoln City and Southport.
Able to play as a winger or a striker, Ernie Merrick said Austin will give him options across the front 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.”
Austin said he’s eager to kick on with the Jets this season, following his recovery from an ACL injury suffered early in the 2017/18 season.
“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 XI,” 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."