Player signing: NPL talent commits to Jets

The Newcastle Jets are pleased to announce the signing of Kaine Sheppard on a one-year deal from NPL Victoria club, Avondale FC.

Sheppard joins the Club off the back of 20 goals in 26 appearances in the 2018 season.

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The 24-year-old was also one of the stars in Avondale’s run to the 2018 FFA Cup Quarter Finals, scoring a goal in the club’s 4-1 victories over Marconi Stallions and Devonport City.

The English-born striker was offered a trial by Ernie Merrick and performed strongly against the Young Socceroos up front, scoring from the set piece in their 4-1 win on the Central Coast.

Kaine Sheppard
Kaine Sheppard in action for Heidelberg in the 2015 FFA Cup

Jets boss, Ernie Merrick said that Sheppard would provide further depth to the Club’s attacking stocks.

“We brought him in on trial and he’s done exceptionally well,” Merrick said.

“Kaine performed strongly in two FFA Cup appearances this year and has been consistently good all season down in Victoria.

“He’s a clever player that reads the game well, makes great runs and has a strong physical presence – a really coachable player that I’m looking forward to working with this season.”

Sheppard said he was excited to be heading north and linking up with the Jets.

“I’m really happy to be given the chance to test myself again in a professional set-up,” Sheppard said.

“I’ve had some experience in a similar environment in Finland last year, and being able to dedicate myself to football will help me get the best out of myself as a player.

“Joining the Jets is something which really excites me and I think I’ll benefit from playing under Ernie and the freedom he allows players in the final third.”

Kaine Sheppard