Newcastle Jets saved as new owners confirmed
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Newcastle Jets saved as new owners confirmed

The Newcastle Jets will live to fight another day after a deal was finally reached to sell the struggling A-Leagues club to new owners.

Melbourne-based Maverick Sports Partners Group was announced as the new owner of the Jets on Tuesday.

Newcastle were in limbo and backed by rival clubs after former owner Martin Lee was stripped of his license in January 2021.

As other potential buyers withdrew, the Australian Professional Leagues (APL) had refused to guarantee Newcastle’s survival if new owners could not be found.

The new ownership group is led by manager Maurice Bisetto, who was involved in the creation of expansion club Western United.

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Maurice Bisetto leads new Jets ownership. (Julian Smith/AAP PHOTOS)

“We believe in this club, the A-Leagues and its players and we are determined to build the success of the Jets and this region,” Bisetto said in a statement.

“We were impressed by the strength of football here in this region.

“We know there is a strong historical fan base and a strong participation base here and we want to bring all of those people together for our men’s and women’s games.

“We see this as the start of a new era for the Newcastle Jets and we look forward to building a truly great club with the support of this community.”

Change of ownership and license approval is subject to successful completion of necessary approval and regulatory processes.

Bisetto said the club was committed to building a stronger connection with the community in Newcastle, Hunter Valley and northern NSW.

He urged the region to throw its support behind the Jets, who will focus on developing local talent, which has been a strength for their near Central Coast rivals.

“Talent-wise, we have been impressed with the local players coming through the northern NSW development systems and through the Jets Academy,” Bisetto said.

“As we take control you will see an even greater focus on recruiting local talent and investing in trying to develop them into the best men’s and women’s players in the A-League.

“We will also ensure that our elite coaching and football structures support this talent development.”

General manager Shane Mattiske welcomed the new ownership and praised the previous consortium’s willingness to support the Jets.

“Over the last three years we have built a solid foundation for the future of this football club,” he said.

“And it’s exciting to start a new era with new owners who believe in the opportunity that exists with this club, with this community and with football as a whole.”