Experienced French midfielder joins Jets ahead of upcoming A-Leagues season

Newcastle Jets have signed experienced French midfielder Jason Berthomier from Ligue 2 outfit Valenciennes for the upcoming Isuzu UTE A-League season.

Berthomier joins the club after an extensive stint in France, playing for the likes of Moulins, Bourg-Peronnas, Stade Brestois, Troyes and Clermont Foot – prior to joining Valenciennes in 2022 – making over 200 appearances in total.

The 33-year-old spent the majority of his career featuring in Ligue 2, before earning promotion with Clermont in 2021 – where he spent a season playing in the French top flight, scoring one goal and tallying five assists.

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Featured image: Clermont Foot

Newcastle is Berthomier’s first club outside France and the attacking midfielder said he’s looking forward to the new challenge.

“I’m excited to discover a new football journey and a new country and lifestyle. I spoke with a lot of players in the league, and they all told me great things about Newcastle and Australia,” he said.

“I can’t wait to be there to start a new chapter. I hope we can have a great season and play great football.

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“When I spoke with the coach Rob Stanton, he knew exactly what kind of player I was, and he told me what he expected from me on and off the field. We had a very good discussion and I look forward to meeting him in person along with my new teammates.

“When a coach really wants you it makes things easier. He wants to play an attractive and offensive brand of football which is very exciting.”

Berthomier is the Jets’ eighth off-season signing, joining the likes of Ryan Scott, Jacob Dowse, Lachlan Bayliss and Daniel Wilmering as some of the club’s newest arrivals.

Newcastle open their A-League Men campaign on October 22 against Perth Glory at HBF Park.