Jets re-sign Ben Kantarvoski

The Newcastle Jets today announced the re-signing of midfielder Ben Kantarovski for a further three years

The Newcastle Jets today announced the re-signing of midfielder Ben Kantarovski for a further three years in a significant boost leading into Saturday-s clash with Adelaide.

The match against Adelaide United FC kicks-off a five-game home schedule, climaxing in the Qantas Challenge clash against the LA Galaxy on 27 November.

Kantarovski, the Young Socceroos captain, became the youngest player in A-League history when he signed with the Jets as a 15-year-old in 2008.

After a boom rookie season in which he quickly rose to prominence in the Jets- ranks, Kantarovski, now 18, said he was impressed with the new direction of the club.

“I-m a homegrown boy and I love playing in front of our home fans,” Kantarovski said today.

“But one of the major reasons I chose to re-sign was that the future looks great for us on and off the field.

“We are building really well as a team and there is a great feeling around the place.”

Jets Chief Executive Officer John Tsatsimas said:

“Ben is a homegrown Newcastle product and we are extremely proud to have him in a Jets jersey for another three years.

“Ben is an integral part of not only our club but also the national youth team as its captain and it is the club-s intention to have as many players from the Northern New South Wales region representing the Newcastle Jets at an elite level.”

Jets coach Branko Culina said:

“Ben-s a young man with an enormous amount of talent,” Culina said.

“He-s the captain of the Australian Under-20 team and that just shows how well regarded he is in Australian football.

“This is just his third season of senior football but he-s a very mature player for his age.

“We are yet to see the best of Ben Kantarovski. I-ve no doubt if he continues to work hard at his game he will develop into a very good all-rounded midfielder.”

KEY INFO - BEN KANTAROVSKI Age: 18 years old Weight: 74kgs Height: 183cm 2010/11 Games: 9 Career Games: 38 Mins Played: 774

NEWCASTLE JETS UPCOMING GAMES EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle

Saturday, 13 November v Adelaide United FC, kickoff 7.45pm Wednesday, 17 November v Brisbane Roar FC, 7.30pm Saturday, 20 November v Wellington Phoenix FC, 7pm Wednesday 24 November v Central Coast Mariners, 6pm Saturday 27 November v LA Galaxy (Qantas Challenge), 7.30pm