COACH Gary van Egmond has started the clean out at the Newcastle Jets, announcing today that regulars Tarek Elrich, Jeremy Brockie and Ali Abbas would not be offered new deals.
In a dramatic day, the Jets confirmed that Craig Goodwin (Melbourne Heart) had signed a two-year deal and would be joined by Perth Glory wingback Scott Neville.
Elrich, the club’s most capped player, started in every game last season except the final-round loss to Sydney FC.
Brockie was the equal leading goal-scorer with nine.
After a slow start, Abbas struck form late in the season and forced his way in to the starting side.
It has been apparent for a month that Brockie was not in van Egmond’s plans, but the release of crowd favourite Elrich, in particular, will come as a shock to Jets fans.
The right fullback come winger had been the lone survivor from the 2007-08 A-League championship winning side.
‘‘We want to thank Jeremy, Ali and Tarek for their efforts during their time in Newcastle,’’ van Egmond said in a club statement.
‘‘All players have been a great contributors to the club and we wish them all the best for the future.
‘‘With more coaching positions finalised in the next week or so, this gives these players the best opportunity to secure their future.’’
Goodwin, 20, and Neville, 23, are both players on the rise
‘‘Craig is a great young talent that we are pleased to see him coming to the Jets,” van Egmond said.
‘‘He is a very attacking minded left-back, and can also play further up the park.
‘‘Scott is a leader and a great character, he is just the type of player we want at the Jets.’’