Newcastle Jets are pleased to announce the signing of former Socceroo Eli Babalj for the upcoming 2021/22 Isuzu UTE A-League season.
Babalj links up with the Club having been training with the first team since the start of pre-season.
The 29-year-old forward has made two appearances for the Socceroos and has featured for top European sides such as Red Star Belgrade and AZ Alkmaar in addition to various stints in the Isuzu UTE A-League.
Babalj said he’s pleased a deal has been finalised and is excited to be part of the Club’s new direction.
“I’m really excited to join a team that will play a very exciting and attacking brand of football”, Babalj said.
“I believe we will be successful and give the fans in Newcastle something to be proud of.
“The biggest reason I came here was to work under Arthur again. I know his teams play great football, and he’s building something special here.
“I’m coming here to do my part by working hard and scoring goals to help the team to fight for the title.”
Jets Manager, Arthur Papas said; “Having first coached Eli when he was 16, I know the person and the player, and we’ve signed a man with a fantastic mentality.
“He is technically outstanding, physically imposing at 6-foot-4, and is clinical in the box.
“Eli has been with us since the start of pre-season and we set him a challenge which he has taken with both hands.
“He has earned this opportunity and in return we are signing a player who has played for Australia at every level, as well as at the top tier of football in Europe and, importantly, has a point to prove.”