Jets unveil $2.5million blueprint for future

THE Newcastle Jets have unveiled a $2.5million blueprint to provide the team with the best possible on-field and off-field resources and reconnect the A-League club with the region’s soccer community.

More than double the previous annual football budget of $1.1million, and incorporating eight extra full-time support staff positions, the new structure was finalised last Friday after coach Branko Culina was reappointed until March 2015.

It is the latest development in the dramatic transformation of the Jets since Nathan Tinkler replaced Con Constantine last month as owner, then a week later extended his licence with Football Federation Australia until 2020.

Currently, Culina is employed full-time and Mark Jones is his full-time assistant. Craig Deans is employed full-time but splits his duties as operations manager and youth team coach. Clint Gosling is goal-keeping coach in a part-time capacity.

Full report in tomorrow’s Newcastle Herald.