Experienced Jurman ready to lead next generation


One of the Newcastle Jets’ prized recruits, Matthew Jurman is ready to be a leader of this Club.  

Having signed for the Jets from Xanthi FC, the experienced defender is excited to play under Manager Arthur Papas.  

In fact, it was a few phone calls between Jurman and Papas that convinced the 31-year-old to move to Newcastle.  

“He (Papas) was telling me the brand of football he wanted to play,” Jurman said.  

“I was excited by the prospect of joining and wanted to become a part of this team.”  


Having played in South Korea and Saudi Arabia, Jurman has applied and developed his trade with a variety of clubs around the globe.  

Jurman has won three A-League titles in his career with the likes of Sydney FC and the Brisbane Roar and is intending on bringing that champion mentality to the Jets.  

“Each place that I’ve played in has been a different experience,” Jurman said.  

“It’s given me time to grow on and off the field.  



“I’ve been lucky to play with some really good players.  

“Once all the players arrive, I think we can start to gel and build on some results.”  

Jurman believes the move to Newcastle is the next step in his career, with the defender looking to help steer the younger players coming through.  

“For me, I was looking for the right move,” Jurman said.  

“When I got the call from the boss, it felt right to come here.  

“I think there is a lot of potential in this team.  

“I want to help the younger boys as much as I can.”