NEWS that the Hunter will have a football side next season has been met with widespread joy among Newcastle Jets supporters.
The agreement between Hunter Sports Group and FFA hit social media yesterday afternoon and had the internet buzzing with celebratory words from fans across the region.
Brett Gibson and his two children, Charlie and Bella, were excited they would be sitting in Hunter Stadium again next year.
‘‘We went to every home game last year so it’s great news,’’ Mr Gibson said.
‘‘I was quite shocked to be honest because I’d heard something might be happening today but I expected it to be negative.
‘‘I think there will be a bit of a backlash towards Tinkler Nathan Tinkler's decision to keep the A-League licence was also welcomed by Squadron leader Tim Verschelden.
The fervent Jets fan had been particularly vocal in his support for HSG’s return to the fold.
‘‘It’s a relief that’s for sure, it’s the best possible outcome for the club, players and fans,’’ he said.
Despite assurances that the future of the club is now secure, a supporters’ trust still plans to go ahead with plans to band Jets fans together under a single banner.
Toby Mills, founder of the Newcastle United Community Ownership Supporters Trust, said it was important for fans to have some say in how the club would be run.
‘‘We aren’t giving up on our objectives,’’ he said.
‘‘This is still about fan representation and fans being listened to.’’
While having a monetary role in the club is neither necessary nor probable now, Mr Mills still wants a seat on the Jets advisory board.
He has contacted HSG and is in the process of organising a meeting with club delegates.
‘‘In its objectives the supporters’ trust didn’t just want to own part of the club. We wanted to help promote football in the area and give support at a grassroots level,’’ Mr Mills said.
‘‘So we’re still going ahead with membership.’’