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ALM: Natta, Grimaldi re-signings a boost for Jets

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The Newcastle Jets will head into Member Appreciation Round this weekend with an extra spring in their step.

Not only is the A-League Men’s (ALM) side acknowledging its much-loved supporters at McDonald Jones Stadium on Sunday 25 February, the squad received a major boost over the past few days with the re-signing of two of its young stars.

Defenders Mark Natta and Nathan Grimaldi have each inked two-year deals with the Hunter club.

Nathan Grimaldi will remain in Newcastle Jets’ colours for another two seasons. Photo: Newcastle Jets

The news comes hot on the heels of Thomas Aquilina committing to Newcastle until the end of the 2025/26 season.

Since joining the Jets, Natta has gone on to represent the Olyroos, making his debut for the national under-23 outfit in a 2-1 win over Qatar last year.

“I’m happy to be extending my time here at Newcastle,” he said.

“Since my first game, I’ve loved playing in this city and I’m determined to build success in this region.

“Working with Rob (Stanton) and his staff has been great for my development.

“And, I’m determined to hit new levels in my game over the next two seasons.”

Grimaldi, a newcomer to the Jets, boasts six appearances for the organisation.

But, he’s made an impressive mark in a short space of time.

“I’m extremely grateful and excited to spend the next two years in Newcastle,” he said.

“I love this area and have enjoyed living here.

“I’m very keen to continue ripping in with the boys and working with our hardworking and passionate group of staff who are building something special here.

“It’s truly an honour to be part of this great club where I will play my best football and continue to grow on and off the field.”

Stanton was delighted to offer the duo new contracts.

“Mark has shown his qualities at the back for us this season,” the head coach said.

“He’s progressed and developed strongly… and I’m excited to see him build on that over the next few years.

“His application to training has been first class and I think he’s a player who the fans have come to enjoy watching.

“Nathan, on the other hand, played a couple of seasons in the NPL prior to coming here.

“But, he has handled himself very well this year.

“He’s very composed and someone who I think will be a very good player for this club.

“He has fantastic character, he’s a winner and a leader.”

After a shock 2-0 loss to cellar-dwellers Western United in their previous outing, the Jets must string a few victories together, starting with Macarthur FC at home.

Newcastle is currently placed 11th on the ladder, with 18 points, while its rivals sit comfortably in fourth spot (28).

“We’re now at that stage where wins are vital,” Stanton said.

“And, apart from our last game, I’ve been reasonably happy with our effort.

“We’ve played strongly against some top sides, without picking up the three competition points.

“I’m confident we’ll be back to our best on Sunday.

“We owe it to our members.”

The match begins at 5pm.

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