Newcastle Jets marquee man Emile Heskey was all smiles as he was greeted by fans at Sydney International Airport on Friday morning.
In addition to the contingent of excited Jets fans and media, club CEO Robbie Middleby and Heskey's good friend Michael Bridges were on hand to greet the ex-England forward.
"It was a bit of a long flight, but I'm finally here and I'm raring to go," Heskey, who travelled with his partner and two kids, said.
"I've heard a lot about my team-mates… Bridgey has told me quite a bit about the league and the team.
"I spoke to Robbie Fowler and he's told me a lot about the league and everything as well.
"I'm just raring to go really. I'm looking forward to meeting the lads, having a bit of a training run with them and seeing how things go."
Heskey, who has signed a one-year deal, is in good shape and is hoping to be included for Newcastle's A-League opener against Adelaide United at Hunter Stadium on Sunday 7 October.
"Training on your own is different to actually having match fitness. In the UK I’ve only had 45 minutes in a training game, so I'll need some games, but I'll soon get that fitness," he said.
“We'll have to see how training goes because I heard it's a bit hot out here. It's different to Manchester where it's raining everyday. I should be OK, fingers crossed."
With Alessandro Del Piero fever capturing Sydney FC and the A-League, and Western Sydney Wanderers' interest in Michael Ballack and Shinji Ono, Heskey's arrival is another major boost for the game in Australia.
He meets his Jets team-mates and first training session this afternoon&nbsp;and he is eager to make a big impression on the field.
"I'll just take it game by game and see how it goes. I want to do really well and hit the ground running," he said.
"I've always looked at silverware. Wherever I've gone I've tried to win silverware. It's something I came into the game at a young age wanting to do, so why not (in Newcastle)."
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