Newcastle Jets re-sign ‘first class’ young gun who wants to ‘hit new levels’

Newcastle Jets defender Mark Natta has signed a new contract with the Isuzu UTE A-League club.

Highly-rated Natta has re-signed with the Jets on a two-year deal, the Jets announced.

The 21-year-old, who has played for the Olyroos, has made 41 appearances for Newcastle since making his Jets debut in 2022.

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“Mark has shown his qualities at the back for us this season,” said Jets head coach Rob Stanton.

“He has shown great progress and development and I’m excited to see him build on that over the next few years.

“His application to training has been first class and I think he’s a player who the fans have come to enjoy watching.”

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Natta has established himself with the Jets after arriving from Western Sydney Wanderers at the start of 2022-23.

He was a late call-up to the Olyroos for their international friendlies in the Middle East earlier this month, replacing injured former Adelaide United defender Alexander Popovic and he started in the 2-1 win over Qatar.

Natta made his debut as an 18-year-old for Western Sydney in 2021 and he has continued to go from strength to strength.

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At the time, the centre-back even caught the eye of Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold.

“I’m happy to be extending my time here at the Jets. Since making my debut I’ve loved playing in this city and I’m determined to build success here in this region,” said Natta, who has scored one goal in 18 appearances this season.

“Working with Rob and his staff has been really good for my development, and I’m determined to hit new levels in my game over the next two seasons.”