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The experienced frontman - previously of Celtic and Portsmouth, among others - has paid his own way for a chance at a deal with the Jets

Former Scotland international striker Mark Burchill has joined the Newcastle Jets on trial.

The 31-year-old will train at the club for week after paying his own way to Australia, having left Thai Premier League club Insee Police United after reportedly declining a contract offer.

Nomadic forward Burchill burst onto the scene as a teenager with Celtic, proving prolific enough for his international debut in 1999 against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

But after battling for a first-team place during the 2000-01 Scottish Premier League season, Burchill moved to Portsmouth.  Fitness battles - including a major knee injury - hurt his chances at Portsmouth, and he returned to the Scottish Premier League with Hearts in 2005.

He found the goals again during a stint with Dunfermline the following season, but a series of short-term moves, including stints in Cyprus with Enonsis Neon, have delivered him at the Jets.

"I've been a professional footballer now for 12 or 13 years, nothing really fazes me," he said.

"I'm confident in my ability otherwise I wouldn’t be here giving it a shot.

"I've never been to Australia before and I don't really know the football apart from what I've seen from afar.

"It's good to come here and have a look at what it is like and I’m looking forward to the week to see how it goes."

Burchill would add experience to the Jets squad, with coach Gary van Egmond signing a host of promising youngsters and releasing plenty of experience in his efforts to refresh his side ahead of the 2012-13 A-League season.

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