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Hometown favourite Archie Goodwin bids Jets farewell


In a major blow for the Newcastle Jets, Cooks Hill United junior Archie Goodwin will bid the club farewell.

The hometown favourite, who has struggled with injuries in recent seasons, informed head coach Rob Stanton of his decision on Wednesday 29 May.

And, he’s not the only one leaving the Hunter.

Goodwin, young gun Lucas Mauragis, Brandon O’Neill, Trent Buhagiar, Reno Piscopo, Jason Berthomier, Daniel Stynes, Michael Weier and Carl Jenkinson will also depart at the end of their contracts.

Daniel WIlmering, Michael Weier and Archie Goodwin. Photo: Michael Gorton Images

Newcastle CEO Shane Mattiske thanked the players for their contribution to the Jets.

“Each of them has made an important contribution to the history of this club,” he said.

“I want to sincerely express my thanks to each player for their commitment to the team, the Jets and the community during their time with us.

“They will always be part of our family and we wish them success in their future endeavours.”

The loss of Goodwin, linked to Adelaide United, hurts the most.

After coming through the Jets Academy, the teen made his debut in 2022.

He then played a total of 47 matches across all competitions, scoring nine goals.

Newcastle Jets youngster Archie Goodwin. Photo: Michael Gorton Images

“Archie has advised Rob (Stanton) and I that he is not going to accept our offer to keep him at the Jets,” Mattiske said.

“He’s communicated that he wants to push himself outside of his comfort zone and wants to challenge himself in a different environment.    

“As a club, we’re disappointed to lose Archie.

“We had made it clear to him that he was a key part of our plans for the future and, of course, we know our fans would want to see him continue to play in the gold of Newcastle.

“This past season has been a strong one for Archie, with him building his strength and fitness to make a strong contribution to the team.

“As a club, we’re proud of the player he’s become.

“We’ve supported his growth and development since he joined the Academy at age nine and have been excited by his growth as a professional player in the A-League. 

“While we are disappointed to see him move to another club, we respect his right to make a decision to challenge himself away from the Jets.

“Archie is Newcastle through and through.

“And, we hope to see him back at the club at some time in the future.”

Mauragis, touted as one of the game’s next big things, joined the Newcastle Jets Academy from Canberra, earning 50 appearances for the club and scoring four goals.

O’Neill arrived at the Jets in 2022 from Perth Glory.

After being made captain in his first season, the midfielder chalked up 42 matches.

Buhagiar linked with Newcastle in 2022 from Sydney FC and made 51 appearances, snaring 12 goals.

Piscopo joined forces with the Jets in 2022 from Wellington Phoenix.

The attacking midfielder represented the club on 34 occasions, scoring two goals.

Frenchman Berthomier was a newcomer this season from Valenciennes.

He featured seven times across all competitions for the club.

Stynes inked a Newcastle deal in 2022 from hometown club Perth Glory.

He then made a total of 32 appearances.

Goalkeeper Weier joined the Jets from NPL Victoria side Hume City in 2021.

English international Jenkinson, a pick-up from Nottingham Forest in 2022, boasted 34 caps.

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