Jets sign trio, four spots left

A-League club Newcastle United Jets announced a further three signings on Friday, taking their total squad number to 16 - with four places left to be filled.

A-League club Newcastle United Jets announced a further three signings on Friday, taking their total squad number to 16 - with four places left to be filled.

Mark Bridge, Brett Studman and Paul Kohler were confirmed as Jets players and Bridge, who is a current Australian Under 20s striker said he was excited about the year ahead.

"It?s certainly going to be a big year ahead for me, and I am really looking forward to it," he said.

"The club is very focused on the World Club Championship qualifiers and the players have shown at training already this week that places in the team will be hard to win, so I am really working hard to grab a spot up front."

"I also have the World Youth Championship in the Netherlands in June in my sights which should be a very exciting experience."

Studman is a former AIS graduate and also a member of the Australian Under 20s. He is considered one of the best up and coming defenders in the land.

"With each club only having 20 players in the squad, contracts were going to be difficult to get. I feel very privileged to be signed by the Jets, and want to take every opportunity that comes my way." Studman said.

"I have a one year contract with the club, so I need to make the most of the year ahead. This first week of training has been great, and all the boys have been very welcoming. It's a great environment to learn and grow as a footballer."

Kohler is a former Championship-winning defender with Sydney Olympic and will bring valuable experience to the Jets' backline.

"Although Paul (Kohler) is only in his mid 20?s, he has played a lot of football and really adds another level of experience to our squad," said coach Jean-Paul de Marigny.

"His versatility on the park really gives us a number of options when we look at our structure. You need players like Paul in a squad, and I was happy when he decided to join us."
Source SBS