Newcastle Jets have raided Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory ahead of next season, while Central Coast have received some good news
Newcastle Jets have confirmed they have signed brothers Dimitri and Kosta Petratos for the 2017-18 A-League season.
The lure of family has been key to the Petratos brothers’ decision, with the duo set to play together for the first time as professionals, while they both return to their home state of New South Wales from Queensland and Western Australia, respectively.
Dimitri and Kosta will see out their current contracts at Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory, respectively, before joining the Jets next season.
Dimitri, 24, has signed a three-year contract with Newcastle, while 18-year-old Kosta has agreed to a one-year deal.
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Having played 92 A-League games for Roar and been a part of their premiership-championship double-winning side of 2013-14, Dimitri has experienced plenty of highlights with Brisbane.
“I have loved every minute of my time at the Roar,” he said in a statement.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the club, coaching staff, my teammates and our fans for the fantastic support I have always received.
“With my future sorted, the focus is now to contribute on the field and help Brisbane be successful this season.”
Dimitri has played 122 A-League matches across his time at Roar and Sydney FC, while Kosta has made just nine senior appearances for Glory.
“Dimitri will be a great asset to the club,” Newcastle coach Mark Jones said in a statment.
“It is good that some of the best players in the country want to come and play for the Jets.
“Kosta is an emerging talent. I have always said that I am keen to work with the best young kids in the country.”
Brisbane will hope Dimitri’s departure won’t inspire other out-of-contract players to leave with striker Jamie Maclaren and defenders Jade North and Luke DeVere amongst those without a deal for next season.
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Meanwhile, Central Coast Mariners could sign another import before the January transfer window closes with captain Nick Montgomery to become an Australian citizen on Australia Day.
The Mariners have confirmed Montgomery and his family will take the pledge in Sydney on Thursday.
With the England-born midfielder set to count as an Australian, Central Coast could sign another foreign player, with young Argentine forward Facundo Alcacer one option as the 21-year-old has been trialling at the club since January 9.