Newcastle Jets farewell Argentine Rodriguez

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Argentine injury replacement player Pato Rodriguez will not play for the Newcastle Jets in the 2018-19 A-League season, the club says.

Newcastle's Argentine replacement player Pato Rodriguez will not return for the 2018-19 A-League season.

Rodriguez joined the Jets as an injury replacement for Ronald Vargas in January, but Vargas re-signed with the club on Monday.

Rodriguez, who was sidelined for a chunk of the season following a calf strain in February, played 12 games in the Jets' run to the grand final loss to Melbourne Victory.

The news follows the announcement that Ronald Vargas has extended his stay with the Jets for another season. 

Jets coach Ernie Merrick said that Vargas’ best was yet to come.

“I think Ronnie was only getting started when he first arrived, and he showed us what he was capable of,” Merrick said.

“To be struck down by injury like that was awful, but to come back and play the way he did in the Final Series was exceptional.

“He’ll benefit from a full pre-season here in Australia, it’s an exciting prospect and I think our fans will feel the same way.”

Source: AAP