A-League: the Irish Messi signs for Newcastle


Newcastle Jets can announce the signing of former Irish international, Wes Hoolahan on a one-year-deal, subject to a medical.

The midfielder, capped 43 times by his country in an international career that spanned nearly ten years, enjoyed a stellar club career in the United Kingdom.

Hoolahan was part of the Norwich City side which earned back-to-back promotions from League One to the English Premier League. He made more than 350 appearances for the club, scoring 53 goals.

He also spent time with various other clubs throughout the United Kingdom, including Livingstone in Scotland, and Blackpool and West Bromwich Albion in England.

Wes Hoolahan

The 37-year-old said he was happy to have signed on to play for the Jets.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play abroad and I’m delighted that I’ll be playing in Newcastle this season,” Hoolahan said.

“There are some quality players throughout the league and I’m looking forward to testing myself in a new environment.

“I’m really excited to be in Australia, it’s an entirely new challenge for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

Jets boss, Ernie Merrick was pleased to have secured the signature of the experienced midfielder.

Wes Hoolahan

“Wes is a great get for us, he’s keen to come out and play in the Hyundai A-League and we’re confident he can bring a lot to the side,” Merrick said.

“He’s an attacking-minded midfielder who will fit seamlessly into the style of football we like to play, his passing range is superb and he’s great with the ball at his feet.

“Wes’ experience will be invaluable to us, from all reports he’s a model professional and the type of player that our younger guys will learn a lot from.”

Hoolahan will wear the number 8 in Newcastle.