The Socceroo is poised to return to the A-League from Korean side Incheon United.
Newcastle Jets are leading the chase to sign Australia attacking midfielder Nathan Burns from K-League side Incheon United.
The 25-year-old has found life tough since moving to Korea from Greek side AEK Athens 18-months ago and is now reported to be seeking a route back to the A-League where he started his senior career with Adelaide United in 2006.
It’s been five years since he departed the Hindmarsh Stadium to try his luck on foreign soil but it appears if he is set to return to familar surroundings with Newcastle keen to attain his signature ahead of the start of the new season in October.
Jets chief executive Robbie Middleby confirmed the club were actively pursuing Burns having made it a priority to strengthen in attack after losing Ryan Griffiths, but denied he has already signed a deal at the Hunter Stadium.
”I think somebody like Nathan to come back to the A–League would be a really positive thing for the league as a whole and the Jets,” Middleby said to the Sydney Morning Herald.
”He’s definitely not flying to Newcastle this week, he’s still under contract with Incheon and he’s part of their set up. Nothing from the club’s point has been agreed and signed off yet.”
Newcastle struggled in the A-League last season following the departure of experienced striker Griffiths five games before the finals and are plotting to partner Burns with marquee-man Emile Heskey next term.