Nabbout excited by Newcastle reinforcements

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It’s no secret that Newcastle Jets have struggled with injuries this season with several key players spending time on the treatment table.

Winger Andrew Nabbout has been playing at striker in the absence of the club’s current top goalscorer Roy O’Donovan, but believes Newcastle can reinforce strongly during the January transfer window.

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The Jets have already signalled their intent in the market after announcing the loan signing of former Adelaide United youngster Riley McGree from Belgian side Club Brugge earlier this week.

Nabbout is excited to see a player of McGree’s caliber coming in to strengthen the squad until the return of their first-team stars.

“It’s always good to have players with the quality of Riley,” Nabbout said.

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“He’s signed at a big club in Brugge and they wouldn’t sign him unless he was a very good player and you can tell that’s why he got called up to the U-23 Socceroos.

“It gives us another option to play out wide so we’re looking forward to having him.”

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The announcement of McGree’s signing on Tuesday has been swiftly followed by news that the Jets are close to sealing a deal for Argentinian winger Patricio Rodriguez as an injury replacement for Ronny Vargas.

Rodriguez, who almost signed for Newcastle before they opted for his AEK Athens teammate Vargas, has parted company with the Greek club paving the way for him to join the Jets on a short-term deal that won’t take up a visa position.

Nabbout has no doubt that in order to push for finals football it is vital to bring in new players like McGree and Rodriguez for the second half of the season.

“I think it’s a massive step for everyone at the club,” Nabbout said.

“You have to bring in players in January to revamp the squad.

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“That’s what wins you championships when you restock the squad after sustaining so many injuries. We need those extra players heading towards the finals.

“It’s great that the club are taking the initiative to bring in players and we’re happy to get all the help we get.

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The Jets will have to wait for the new year before any new signings are eligible to play but will hope to see out 2017 in style with winnable games against Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory before reinforcements arrive.

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Living and studying in Newcastle. Pretty obsessed with football. Newcastle Jets and Chelsea FC fan

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