As a loyal supporter of the Newcastle Jets, the past 24 hours must have felt like a roller coaster ride.
The sudden news yesterday that the Club was placed into voluntary administration, followed by the announcement that the licence was terminated would have been disturbing to say the least.
Let me provide some facts for you. Firstly, Newcastle's place in the Hyundai A-League is not in doubt. Football Federation Australia (FFA) has decided to start a new Hyundai A-League Club to represent the city and Northern NSW.
Next season the Club will retain the same name, colour and logos as existed in the past. The Club will play at Hunter Stadium.
There are 10,003 Members of the Jets. It's the fourth year in a row the Membership has surpassed the 10,000 mark, an amazing show of faith and resilience by the people of Northern NSW.
I'm inviting everyone to join the new venture. Better times are ahead and we need your support.
The Hunter Valley has incredibly strong community values. That’s a core value for football in Australia and something that will be at the heart of the new Hyundai A-League club in Newcastle.
In the next few weeks, I will announce how the new Club will engage with the community. We will carefully listen to your views, and those of other important stakeholders.
The booming participation numbers and thriving Member Clubs of Northern NSW Football provide a solid bedrock for the game in this region.
The new Club needs to harness these strengths. We want to build a Club for all the football community, with the Members as the pulsating heart of that support.
I will do whatever I can to make sure the new Jets will make you proud.
Mr David Gallop – Chief Executive Officer, Football Federation Australia