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SOLD: Jets welcome ‘top gun’ owners with Maverick Sports Partners on board


Shane Mattiske was always confident the Newcastle Jets would secure a new owner.

And, despite a couple of hiccups over the past few months, that conviction paid the ultimate dividend this week when the Hunter-based A-League club announced its latest ally, Maverick Sports Partners.

The deal – formally unveiled at McDonald Jones Stadium on Tuesday 11 June – shores up the organisation’s future in the ALM and ALW competitions, much to the relief of staff, players and the local footballing community.

Maverick Sports Partners director Maurice Bisetto at the official announcement on Tuesday. Photo: Sarah Wells

Mattiske labelled the partnership as a “hugely significant” day for the Jets.

“We’re delighted to have Maverick Sports Partners as the new owners of the club,” the CEO said.

“Over the past three or so years, we have built a strong foundation for the future of this organisation.

“So, it’s exciting to be starting a new era with incoming owners who believe in the opportunity that exists with this club, with this community and with football as a whole.”

Maverick Sports Partners, led by experienced sports administrator Maurice Bisetto, is determined to bring long-term stability and success to the Jets, according to Mattiske.

“Throughout our process, Maurice, the consortium representative, and his partners have demonstrated a deep understanding of football and this community,” he said.

“Their plans are very much aligned with the work that is already underway.

“I know the group will bring positive new thinking, new connections and a wealth of experience that will drive the growth of this club moving forward.”

Mattiske also acknowledged the support the outgoing ownership outfit provided to the Jets over the past three-and-a-half years.

“These owners believed in the importance of this club to this community and to the A-Leagues’ competition as a whole,” he said.

“They have played a hugely-significant role in the history of the Jets.

“On behalf of all fans and stakeholders, I want to thank them for the commitment and contribution they have made to us all.”

Bisetto, who played a major role in the establishment of Western United FC, admitted he was resolute in connecting with the Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Northern NSW football communities.

“We believe in this club, the A-Leagues and its players and we’re determined to build success for the Jets and this region,” the Maverick Sports Partners director said.

“We have been impressed by the strength of football here.

“And, we know there is a strong historical fanbase and a strong participation base… and we want to bring all of these people together for our men’s and women’s games. 

“We want to work hard in the community to build a stronger connection to the Jets.

“In addition to continuing to grow our base of young fans and families, we want to encourage the whole football community to get behind our team – whether that be by becoming a member, attending games or even just buying a gold Jets jersey.

“We have a focus on building a strong and sustainable club.

“However, we can’t do this by ourselves. 

“For the Jets to be strong, the community has to get behind us.

“Being at games, supporting the team and becoming members is critical in terms of creating a viable club.

“We know that there is a thriving economy here in Newcastle and the Hunter.

“This was an important element in our decision to commit to the Jets.”

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