A-League: Kanta signs two-season extension


Newcastle Jets are pleased to announce that the Club’s most capped player, Ben Kantarovski, has signed a two-year contract extension.

The new deal will see Kantarovski, who currently boasts 187 Hyundai A-League appearances for the Jets, remain in Newcastle until at least the end of the Hyundai A-League 2021/22 season.

A Broadmeadow Magic junior, ‘Kanta’ made his debut for the Jets at just 16 years and 208 days old in Round 1 of the Hyundai A-League 2008/09 season.

Since that debut in 2008, the 41-time capped Australia youth international has been a key cog in many a Jets midfield.

After putting pen to paper, the 27-year-old said he was pleased to be remaining in Newcastle for the foreseeable future.

Ben Kantarovski

“Newcastle is my home, the Jets have been my Club since I was 15 and I’m happy to have signed on for another two seasons,” Kantarovski said.

“We’ve got a really good crew here in Newcastle, there’s a real togetherness in this squad and it’s a good place to be.

“The team is a strong one, and I’m keen to just get my head down and work hard on helping to get us back into the finals.”

Newcastle Jets Head Coach, Ernie Merrick was pleased to have secured the midfielder’s signature.

“Ben has developed into a real leader and to have him locked in for a further two seasons is huge for the Club,” Merrick said.

“His influence on the players around him is clear and his ability to control the centre of the pitch is outstanding.

“Ben is an important player for us off the pitch as well, his influence in the sheds is enormous and I’m confident that he’ll only continue to grow in that aspect.”