Sport

Lift for A-League's Jets

NEWCASTLE Jets supporters have plenty to cheer about.

Their team will play in the A-League next season after all, billionaire businessman Nathan Tinkler having agreed yesterday to fund the club again.

The shock move came just three weeks after Tinkler stunned the Australian football community when he said he was returning the Jets' licence to Football Federation Australia, during a continuing row over the amount he paid for the club's licence, the way the A-League was run and the ongoing saga of former marquee star Jason Culina's contract.

In a dramatic u-turn yesterday, the Jets players were summoned to a meeting and told that FFA chairman Frank Lowy had made a visit to Tinkler in Brisbane at the weekend and the pair had buried the hatchet.

"It was a good opportunity for Nathan and I to meet face-to-face and resolve the issues that had affected the relationship between FFA and HSG (Tinkler's Hunter Sports Group)," Lowy said in a statement.

"FFA has made some concessions in good faith in order to resolve the matters.

"When Nathan first took on the Newcastle Jets, I welcomed his commitment to running a strong and successful A-League club in Newcastle on behalf of the community of the Hunter region.

"Today, my confidence is renewed over Nathan's personal drive to make the Jets and the A-League successful.

"We agreed on a way forward that addresses the issues HSG have raised and we are now going to get on with developing the game together in a key region for football."

Tinkler said there was now an opportunity for FFA and HSG to work together in achieving shared goals.

"Frank Lowy flew to Brisbane to meet with me face-to-face and I took that as a sign of goodwill," he said.

"It was a gesture I certainly appreciated.

"I welcomed the opportunity to meet and discuss these issues in person.

"We now have a way forward and I remain committed to ensuring Newcastle Jets is one of the most successful clubs in the A-League.

"When I first made this commitment I did it on behalf of the community and I am committed to further developing football and sport in a community I grew up in and am proud of."

Topics:  a-league football, football federation australia, newcastle jets


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Long Tan Cross erected in Gatton

IN HONOUR: A replica Long Tan Cross has been erected in Gatton's Littleton Park in honour of Private Francis Topp and Trooper Robert Young and all those who died in the Battle of Long Tan.

They will be remembered.

Free minibus will drive the community

GIVING BACK: Lockyer Sheds owners Donna and Dean Heit will get the region moving with their community minibus, available free for non-profit sporting groups and community organisations.

Lockyer Sheds is helping get the community moving.

Latest deals and offers

Lowood's new officer-in-charge

SENIOR Sergeant Troy Salton has recently been appointed as the new officer in charge of Lowood Police Station.

Long Tan Cross erected in Gatton

IN HONOUR: A replica Long Tan Cross has been erected in Gatton's Littleton Park in honour of Private Francis Topp and Trooper Robert Young and all those who died in the Battle of Long Tan.

They will be remembered.

Free minibus will drive the community

GIVING BACK: Lockyer Sheds owners Donna and Dean Heit will get the region moving with their community minibus, available free for non-profit sporting groups and community organisations.

Lockyer Sheds is helping get the community moving.

Lockyer High students secure uni courses for next year

UNI READY: Lockyer District High School students Clare Keary, Brittany Edwards and Kayle Prideaux have secured a spot at Griffith University after they graduate year 12.

Graduating students have pathways lined up for university.

Dancing robots have chance at nationals

WINNERS: Lockyer High School students (from left) Sam Lloyd, Elise Lunney and Sam Croydon have won the RoboCup Junior Queensland Championships.

Students and their robots off to nationals.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

Five new things to see and do at this year's Muster

There's already plenty of fun to be had at the XXXX bar.

Here are five new things to see and do at this year's Gympie Muster

You are going to Falls for this music line-up

CONFIRMED: Local artist Bernard Fanning is part of the line up for Falls Festival Byron Bay.

The line-up and ticket purchase details have been announced.

Rio 2016: So how many watched, tweeted it?

Jessica Fox in action during the Rio Games.

Tweets about #Rio2016 were viewed a staggering number of times

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Developer announces plans for prime 1.2km beach frontage

An artist's impression of the development.

Developer announces plans for 1.2km beach frontage

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m