Var­gas ic­ing on cake for new-look Jets

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

VENEZUELAN in­ter­na­tional Ron­ald Var­gas ar­rives in Aus­tralia to­day to take up a oneyear A-League deal with the New­cas­tle Jets.

The sign­ing is a coup for the un­der­dogs from the Hunter, as coach Ernie Mer­rick as­sem­bles an im­pres­sive squad.

Var­gas, who left Greek club AEK Athens af­ter last sea­son, won three ti­tles in Bel­gium for Club Brugge and Anderlecht.

The 30-year-old has also won 23 caps for his coun­try, most re­cently in 2015.

Given Var­gas’s pedi­gree, it is un­der­stand­able Mer­rick is up­beat about his ad­di­tion to the Jets for the 2017-18 sea­son.

“To have a player of Ron­ald’s qual­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence join the club is mas­sive for us,” Mer­rick said.

“He’s an ex­cit­ing, in­ter­na­tional player with ex­pe­ri­ence in some of the finest leagues in the world.”

Var­gas joins new at­tack­ing sign­ings Roy O’Dono­van, broth­ers Dim­itri and Kosta Pe­tratos and Mario Shabow in a new for­ward line.

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