Jets sign championship-winning Victory defender
DANIEL Georgievski has agreed to join the Newcastle Jets on a two-year deal, according to the Newcastle Herald.
On Thursday, the 29-year-old defender revealed he would be leaving the Melbourne Victory at the end of the season after 79 appearances for the club, including 62 A-League games and 19 outings this season.
Georgievski was part of the 2014-15 Victory side that won the A-League grand final, has played 22 times for Macedonia, and has previously spent two seasons with Steaua Bucuresti in Romania.
"He is an out-and-out fullback," Jets coach Mark Jones told the Newcastle Herald.
"He has represented his country, won a championship and is excited to be coming to the club.
"He is a good athlete, physical, has aggression, is a leader, is strong in the air and has a presence.
"When we have been under pressure and needed someone to step up, no one has been able to.
"With his experience, he will help us perform under pressure. He is the first step in strengthening the squad.
"We are not short of people who want to come to the club because of the style of football we play.
"We play out from the back, we can counter attack and we can play possession football."
Georgievski wrote on Instagram: "To all the Melbourne Victory fans, just want to let you know that this will be my last season at the club.
"You guys have been with me through the good times and the bad and I will never forget it so from the bottom of my heart, thank you and let's win this championship."
The Jets have also been linked with Central Coast Mariners striker Roy O'Donovan and former Socceroo Michael Thwaite, with 11 players off contract at the end of the season.
Chief executive Lawrie McKinna said the club would be looking to strengthen its roster for next season, with the club currently in eighth place.
"We are going to strengthen the squad next year," McKinna said. "We know we have to do that."
"Some boys have three weeks to secure their future. That is not a threat. That is just football."
After the 5-0 loss to Wellington, the Jets are heading for their seventh straight season without making the play-offs.
"They (the players) have to step up and show that they want to be a part of the club going forward," said Jones.
"It is clearly not something the community is going to accept, the club is going to accept or we are going to accept. We have to do better. The players who stand up and show they want to be here will be rewarded. The ones who don't, we need to replace with quality. We need to be actively out in the transfer market to make sure we strengthen the squad."