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Newcastle Jets swoop for Northern Ireland international Steele

Johnny Steele (right)
Johnny Steele (right)

Northern Ireland midfielder Johnny Steele has put pen to paper on a two year deal with Newcastle Jets.

The former Ballymena United player left the New York Red Bulls last week 'by mutual consent'.

The 28-year-old scored six goals in 50 appearances for the Bulls, where he played alongside former Premiership stars Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill.

And it was after talking to the Australian, who scored one of the goals of the World Cup finals in Brazil this summer, that the Larne man made up his mind.

"I spoke to Tim about the Jets and the A-League itself and he had plenty of good things to say," said Steele. "It's an exciting new chapter in my career.

"It's a growing league with lots of opportunities and now I'm just looking forward to getting to Newcastle and seeing for myself what it is all about.

"I'm a hard working player who gives 100 per cent every time I'm on the field and that's what I'll look to bring to the Jets."

Steele made his debut for Northern Ireland against Turkey last November and played in both of Northern Ireland's games against Uruguay and Chile recently.