Jets re-sign breakout star after rumoured overseas interest: ‘We are building something special’

Newcastle Jets have re-signed young gun Clayton Taylor for a further season in the Isuzu UTE A-League.

Taylor has added another year to his contract beyond next season after his breakout campaign with the Jets in 2023-24.

It is a big boost for Newcastle following reported interest from the Premier League, Scottish Premiership and Norwegian outfit Viking FK during the January transfer window, and it comes on the back of new deals for Mark Natta and Nathan Grimaldi.

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“Clayton has had a great impact in his first year at the club. His attitude is fantastic and I believe he has the attributes and desire to become even better,” said Jets head coach Rob Stanton ahead of Saturday night’s F3 Derby against Central Coast Mariners.

“I’m happy to have him here at the Jets for the next two seasons and I look forward to seeing what that progress for him will look like.”

It has been a breakout season for the Jets attacker. After swapping Sydney FC for the Hunter region ahead of the 2023-24 campaign, he has emerged as one of the Isuzu UTE A-League’s most exciting players.

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Taylor has scored four goals in 17 appearances this term.

“I’ve settled into Newcastle and the Jets and I know that this is the best environment for me to continue to grow as a footballer and as a person,” said Taylor.

“Rob is a coach who backs me and is great for young players and I’m looking forward to continue working with him over the next two years.

“I believe we are building something special here with this team and I want to be part of real success with this club. I also want to thank Rob and the club for the belief that they have shown in me.”