Statement: McKinna addresses Millar speculation

The Newcastle Jets would like to take this opportunity to address some of the speculation surrounding their discussions with Matt Millar from the Central Coast Mariners.

The Club can confirm that they have secured the services of Millar for two years, with the defender set to join the Jets at the beginning of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.

Football Operations Manager, Joel Griffiths led discussions with Millar and his management – advising the Mariners of his intention to negotiate via email following 1 December 2018.

Jets CEO, Lawrie McKinna expressed his disappointment at the way the Club’s latest signing had been revealed.

“Obviously we’re really excited to have signed Matt, he’s a fantastic young talent,” McKinna said.

“To be talking about it under these circumstances isn’t ideal, as we had intended to keep this quiet until the end of the season out of respect for Matt and the Mariners.

“Joel (Griffiths) was completely transparent with the Mariners about our intentions to negotiate and we were able to put together an attractive package for Matt to join us here in Newcastle.

“We had extensive discussions with Matt and his management, and they liked what they saw both on and off the park here in Newcastle – we’re excited to have him at the Jets next season.

“Matt has handled himself exceptionally throughout this process, he’s an impressive young man and we wish him all the best for the remainder of the season.”