Sydney FC swoop for Hoole a done deal

Andrew Hoole (left) of Newcastle Jets will make a switch to Sydney FC next season (AAP Image) Source: AAP

Sydney FC A-League coach Graham Arnold has confirmed the Sky Blues have signed Newcastle Jets winger Andrew Hoole and admits the pressure is mounting to secure striker Marc Janko's signature.

The Jets made it difficult for Sydney at Hunter Stadium on Friday night before another match-winning performance from Janko handed the Sky Blues the 1-0 victory.


There had been speculation for months that exciting young talent Hoole, who impressed again on Friday night, had committed to Sydney FC for next season after knocking back a two-year extension with the Jets in January.

Arnold put all speculation to rest, going on the record about the 21-year-old's future at the Sky Blues.

Asked about Hoole's showing on Friday, Arnold said: "Very good. That's why I signed him.

"I can't wait to get a hold of him."

Meanwhile, Janko's latest strike was his 13th goal of the season, putting him two ahead of Wellington's Nathan Burns in the race for the golden boot, showing just why Sydney forked out $1.4 million for his services this season.

Having netted nine goals in the past six matches, the Austrian skipper also equalled the league record set by Besart Berisha for scoring in most consecutive games.

"Yes, I've had a chat with him about his future. He's extremely happy here," Arnold said of Janko.

"He knows the situation that, at the moment, his performances are putting pressure on everyone - not just me, but the CEO.

"That's why we brought Marc to the country. If you look at his goal-scoring record, it's phenomenal.

"We brought him out here to score goals and do what he's doing."

Janko isn't the only off-contract star Arnold is hopeful of retaining, with Serbian playmaker Milos Dimitrijevic another one at the top of his list.

"He'd be close to the Johnny Warren Medal the way he's going," Arnold said.

"A lot of people are talking about him. Milos is a great guy. His professionalism and the way he's dragged that up in the dressing room with the rest of the boys is spot on.

"He wants to stay with Sydney. There's only one club in Australia he wants to be in and that's us."

Source: AAP