Burns arrives in Newcastle

Nathan Burns has arrived in Newcastle and will commence pre-season training with his Jets teammates at Ray Watt Oval today.

Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets forward Nathan Burns has arrived in Newcastle and will commence pre-season training with his Jets teammates at Ray Watt Oval today.

The 25-year-old comes to Newcastle on loan from Korean Club Incheon United and will start training with the Jets two weeks earlier than anticipated.

“I-m really excited to be here earlier, it gives me more time to get to know my teammates and prepare for the start of the season,” Burns said.

“I-m just looking forward to starting training and hopefully having a good pre-season.”

Burns- arrival in the Hunter follows the signing of former Dutch international Kew Jaliens last week, which completed the Jets- squad for the 2013/14 A-League season.

Burns said he was confident the Jets have the playing personnel needed to make an impact in the competition this season

“I think the central defender was probably the last hole to fill, so to have another experienced player with his background is a real positive for us,” he said.

“We-ve also got a lot of promising young players and I think the squad overall has a good balance now.

“It will be a bit different for me being one of the more senior players, but hopefully it-s a role that I can embrace.

“I still feel like I can learn a lot myself from guys like Heskey and Bridges, so that is something I-m really excited about as well.”