Former England striker Emile Heskey says the Newcastle Jets' financial woes could not sway his decision to re-sign for a second season at the A-League club.
The uncertainty surrounding the finances of Jets owner Nathan Tinkler appears to be at an end after the former billionaire agreed a deal with creditors Blackwood Corporation on Tuesday to pay AU$12 million to settle his debts.
The future of Tinkler's Hunter Sports Group - the Jets' parent company - had appeared grim at several stages during the 2012-13 A-League season.
The speculation reached a crescendo in December, when HSG were forced to deny they were the subject of a winding-up order.
Despite the drama, marquee man Heskey - having re-signed in April for a second season - told Goal Australia he was confident in the club's future.
"I never had any issues with it," Heskey said.
"A lot of things were said about the owner, Nathan [Tinkler]... Fairly or unfairly - I don't know if it's fairly or unfairly.
"But I know that he's always trying his best for Newcastle itself in sports - the rugby and football.
"He owns both, and he's doing the best what he can for both of them.
"I never looked at that sort of aspect to sway my decision.
"I never had any issues about being paid... I was always paid on time."
Heskey scored nine goals in his maiden A-League season as the Jets finished eighth - one point and goal difference from a finals place.
The former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic targetman made the goal for the 2013-14 campaign clear: "Get more points," he said.
"We went through a little bit of a rough spell in the middle part of the season. We had a run when we just wasn't winning games
"We've got to be a bit more solid than that... We have got a young squad, so hopefully this full season for the young squad and the young players will hold them in good stead for next season, so they know what is asked of them - week-in, week-out.
"You're obviously looking at the summit. You're looking at the top. But the play-offs is a must."