Versatile player Billy Celeski joins Newcastle Jets

THE Newcastle Jets have signed midfielder Billy Celeski, who joins them after playing for Melbourne Victory from 2008 to 2013.

The Australian Institute of Sport graduate started his career with Perth Glory, where he played 32 matches and scored four goals.

Celeski then went on to play the 2013/14 season with Al Shaab CSC in the United Arab Emirates, before representing Liaoning Whowin in the Chinese Super League.

He has represented Australia at under-20 and under-23 levels and earned a senior Socceroos cap in 2009 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match against Indonesia.

Jets head coach Phil Stubbins said Celeski was a versatile player.

Celeski's signing was part of the Jets' pre-season shake-up, including the appointment of former Dutch international Kew Jaliens as team captain.

The team has already launched into the FFA Cup knockout competition ahead of the 2014/15 A-League season.

The Jets played against Perth Glory last Tuesday at Broadmeadow's Magic Park and lost 2-0.

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