Griffiths to continue in number 23 jersey

Newcastle Jets forward Ryan Griffiths will continue to wear the Club’s number 23 jersey during the 2012/13 A-League season.

Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets forward Ryan Griffiths will continue to wear the Club-s number 23 jersey during the 2012/13 A-League season.

Griffiths was set to switch to number 11, but he will now stay with the jersey that he wore while scoring nine goals for the Jets last season.

“I was always very fond of the number 23, because my idol was Michael Jordan and I used to love my basketball,” Griffiths said.

“I first opted to change to 23 while I was in Romania and as soon as I whacked on that number it was like my career took off. I started scoring plenty of goals and was transferred to bigger clubs.

“Ever since then I-ve been wearing it. I wore it while I was in China and I still get messages and tweets from people overseas wearing my number 23 shirt.”

The number 23 was made famous by Jordan, but has also been worn by a number of other high-profile athletes including Shane Warne, David Beckham and LeBron James.

“There-s a lot of successful sportspeople who wear the number 23 so maybe it does have some type of lucky significance,” he said.

“It-s a number that I-m happy to stick with, because I don-t know if it-s a psychological thing or not, but I really enjoy wearing it.”

Griffiths continuing to wear the number 23 jersey means defender Connor Chapman will don the number 11 shirt throughout the 2012/13 season.

MERCHANDISE UPDATE

First access to all 2012/13 authentic official team merchandise will be exclusive to Newcastle Jets Members at Saturday-s Member-only trial match against the Western Sydney Wanderers.

All 2012/13 authentic official team merchandise will go on sale to the general public at the Hunter Sports Superstore on Monday, September 17.