Jets land former Qantas Socceroo

Central midfielder Kasey Wehrman has signed on for the next two Hyundai A-League seasons.

The Newcastle Jets have today significantly bolstered their playing roster by signing former Qantas Socceroo Kasey Wehrman. The highly credentialed central midfielder will join the Hunter-based club for the next two seasons of the Hyundai A-League.

Boasting numerous appearances for Australia at U-20 and U-23 levels, including at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 32-year-old has accumulated 12 full caps for the Qantas Socceroos, the last coming in 2006 in an international friendly against Ghana at Loftus Road, London.

Hailing from central Queensland, Wehrman started his career in the National Soccer League (NSL) with the Brisbane Strikers in 1995, where he was crowned NSL U-21 Player of the Year during a Championship winning 1996/97 season. Shortly after, he crossed the Nullarbor to join Perth Glory in 1999 for two year stint that yielded further silverware.

This success on the domestic stage soon brought about a move to Europe, with Norwegian side Moss FK winning the race to secure Wehrman-s signature. The rugged midfielder enjoyed two seasons at the Mellos Stadion, but with Moss being relegated at the conclusion of 2002 season, a move to Tippeligaen mainstays Lillestrom SK beckoned.

In four and a half seasons with The Canaries, Wehrman amassed an impressive 81 appearances, but eventually transferred to Frederikstad FK during the 2007 season. It was certainly a successful spell with the Ostfold-based side, with FFK finishing runners-up in the league to Stabaek IF the following year.

In 2009, a loan deal saw the experienced midfielder shift to the Norwegian capital to join glamour side FK Lyn Oslo. However, a horror season resulted in the unthinkable for the Gunnar Halle-led side, and relegation to the Adeccoligaen soon followed, opening the way for Wehrman-s return to Australia.

Today, Jets CEO John Tsatsimas expressed his delight at having captured the former Qantas Socceroo, particularly after the recent signings of Jeremy Brockie and Ruben Zadkovich.

“Naturally we-re thrilled to announce that we-re bringing Kasey into the club from next season,” he said.

“The level of experience and quality that he possesses is without question, and there is no doubt that he is the kind of player that our young squad can learn from. So we look forward to welcoming him to Newcastle when the squad resumes pre-season training in May.”

“Kasey is the third new signing for the club within the space of a week, so certainly we-re excited about the forthcoming season and given that the vast majority of the squad has already been settled we believe that the future is looking good,” said Mr. Tsatsimas.

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