THE Newcastle Jets have continued their recruitment drive under new coach Arthur Pappas by signing New Zealand international utility Dane Ingham for the next two seasons.
Ingham, who has played in 49 A-League games for Brisbane and Perth and been capped seven times by the All Whites, will represent the Olywhites at Tokyo 2021 before linking with his new teammates at the Jets.
He continues a signing spree that has already delivered ex-Socceroos defender Matt Jurman and former Wellington Phoenix midfielder Cameron Devlin.
Papas said he was "very pleased" to have secured the 22-year-old, who can play at right back or further upfield.
"Dane has amassed considerable experience at a relatively young age and will join the squad at the completion of his Olympic commitments with even further layers to his game," Papas said.
"His versatility is an asset and this versatility highlights Dane's level of insight and athletic profile amongst many qualities, so we are excited at the prospect of working with Dane."
Newcastle have also taken up their option on midfielder Jordan O'Doherty for another season and informed Joey Champness and James Donachie, who were loaned out to Brisbane and Indian Super league club Goa FC respectively last season, that they are "required players" and will be part of Papas's new-look squad.
More signings are expected in coming weeks as Papas reinforces his roster after a host of prominent end-of-season departures.
Skipper Nigel Boogaard has retired, while Irish target man Roy O'Donovan has been released, along with first-team regulars Matt Millar and Lachlan Jackson.
There has also been no update on whether the Jets will be re-signing veteran defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley, who is out of contract.
Topor-Stanley, 36, has played in every minute of every game since rejoining Newcastle three seasons ago.