Top five terrible Newcastle Jets marquees you probably forgot about

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NewcastleJets are very hit or miss when it comes to international marquee players. Either you get a player who seems to naturally operate above the class level of others on the pitch, or you get an unfit mess well into his 30’s. The following list covers the worst of the worst.

5. Milos Trifunovic (2015/16) Nationality: Serbian. Appearances: 22

‘Trif’ was the definition of a lump. He had the turning circle of a cruise ship and the pace of a turtle. However Trifunovic played to his strengths, and managed to poach a handful of goals during his time in the Hunter.

He managed nine goals in 22 appearances for the Jets in a season where they finished eighth. Trifunovic was a pretty uninspiring, but semi-effective marquee – not nearly as poor as some others on this list.

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4. Emile Heskey (2012/13 – 2013/14) Nationality: English. Appearances: 42

When Heskey first singed, it felt like we were living in some absurd David Lynch alternate reality. Little did we know what the future held in the Central Coast, but that’s another story.

The English international (with 62 caps) signed on with the Jets when he was 35, and he brought a big reputation and a lot of excitement. Obviously Heskey was in the twilight of his career, but Jets fans expected a good dose of experience and technique up front.

He didn’t really deliver, and it often felt like Heskey was just getting in the way of the progression of the club. He managed 10 goals in 42 games and turned out to be a decent marketing experiment, and could hold up the ball for Adam Taggart. Not too shabby.

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3. Leonardo (2015/16) Nationality: Brazilian. Appearances: 20

Leonardo was a left-footed Brazilian marquee that played in attacking midfield. I dare you to find a sentence that carries more expectation. Unfortunately Leonardo flopped. He just never looked up for it at all.

He played 20 games, scored once and looked very bored and unfit during his time in Newcastle. Leo was the definition of a bad marquee. However the man had a sensational YouTube showreel, so there’s that.

2. Francis Jeffers (2010/11 – 2011/12) Nationality: English. Appearances: 26

Exactly. Nobody knows who this guy is. This mystery striker scored twice in 26 appearances. A quick Google search generated this ‘highlight’.

A bloke in the comments said, “this must be a fake.” Mr. Jeffers in his entire career has scored 40 goals in 235 appearances. That’s a career average of one goal every six games. I’m just amazed (and a little bit inspired) that this guy managed to sustain a career. Anything is possible kids.

1. Mario Jardel (2007/08) Nationality: Brazilian. Appearances: 11

Jardel is the godfather of international flops in the A-League. The Brazilian made 11 appearances, eight of which off the bench, before he left the club by mutual consent. He clearly wasn’t Gary van Egmond’s cup of tea.

He came with a big reputation (scored goals for fun in Europe) but couldn’t break into the Jets lineup. His time in Newcastle was very short lived, and the Jets clearly didn’t require his services because they won the league without him in 2007/08.

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Harry Keating
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