Newcastle Jets are pleased to announce that the club has secured the services of talented 20-year-old attacking midfielder Devante Clut on a two-season deal.
Clut arrives at the Jets following a two-and-a-half-year stay in the sunshine state with one of the Jets’ Hyundai A-League rivals, Brisbane Roar.
Clut appeared off the bench in eight matches for John Aloisi’s men in season 11 of the A-League, however began to make his name on the Australian football scene in the seasons prior.
Indeed, as a teenager Clut scored a stunning goal on his professional debut for Roar against Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium.
Clut made his mark on Brisbane’s 2015 AFC Champions League campaign by playing in four of the club’s six Group G games and netting a brilliant brace on matchday 3 against K-League Classic heavyweights Suwon Bluewings on the Gold Coast.
Clut, an Australian youth international, also scored a double against Spanish heavyweights Villarreal in Roar’s 3-0 LFP World Challenge win in Queensland in June last year.
Newcastle Jets Head Coach Scott Miller said Clut would be a valuable addition to his squad given the experiences that he has already encountered in his burgeoning career.
“Devante typifies the type of young player that I want to attract to the club,” Miller said. “His commitment to the Jets is for two seasons, and that is significant as his aim is to become an important part of the club in the near future.”
Clut, who will link with his new teammates when the Jets’ squad assembles for pre-season training in late June, said that he’s excited to be making the move to the Hunter after some enjoyable times as a Roar player.
“When I first heard from Newcastle I was excited because I feel that the Jets are a club that is getting better and will continue to get better,” Clut explained. “I’m really excited to meet Scott [Miller] in person, the coaches, staff, and my new teammates, and get to work at the club.”
“Roar was my first ever professional club and I have a lot of good memories with the fans in Brisbane. But now it is time for me to learn and develop at the Jets, and aim to play and perform for the fans of Newcastle.”
“I have a lot of room for improvement as a professional player, but my style of football is not to kick the ball long, but to control the game and play as big a role as I can in the action of each match,” Clut added. “I like to pull the strings.”