NEWCASTLE Jets have bolstered their defence with the addition of Nikolai Topor-Stanley on a two-year deal.
A towering stopper, Topor-Stanley kippered Western Sydney Wanderers to their 2014 AFC Champions League title and re-joins the Jets having played last season in the UAE Gulf League with Hatta Club.
The 32-year-old established himself in the A-League during a four-year stint in Newcastle from 2009 and was the club’s player of the year in 2010-11.
The former Socceroo and former Australian youth international played 81 games for the Jets before linking with Wanderers for their inaugural campaign.
At Wanderers Topor-Stanley he helped steer the red-and-blacks not only to continental glory but also three A-League Grand Final appearances (2013, 2014 & 2016) and the competition’s Premiership in 2013.
The three-time PFA (Professional Footballers Australia) Team of the Season inductee said that it feels great to be returning to Newcastle to represent a region he knows cares deeply about football.
“I have had a good history of playing football in this region and I know the passion that the people have for their team,” Topor-Stanley said. “I know that the people are very proud people here and the fact that they haven’t had that much success recently means it will be even sweeter when we do reach that.”
“There is a long road ahead and I am really looking forward to getting out on the training track. Hopefully I can add my experience of what I have learnt both here and abroad to help bring winning times.”
Topor-Stanley’s signature follows that of Dimi Petratos on Tuesday and leaves the Jets with two visa places to fill.