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Newcastle Jets sign NPL striker Kaine Sheppard


Avondale attacker Kaine Sheppard has sealed a one-year deal with the Jets after a successful trial.

After scoring 20 goals in just 26 appearances in 2018, Sheppard has earned his crack at the A-League.

The 24-year-old becomes Ernie Merrick's fourth signing of the off-season with the coach impressed by what he's seen of Sheppard.

“We brought him in on trial and he’s done exceptionally well,” Merrick said.

“Kaine performed strongly in two FFA Cup appearances this year and has been consistently good all season down in Victoria.

“He’s a clever player that reads the game well, makes great runs and has a strong physical presence – a really coachable player that I’m looking forward to working with this season.”

Arzani in the Eredivisie would've been better, says Emerton


Former Socceroo Brett Emerton believes the Eredivisie would have been a better move for Daniel Arzani's development than Celtic.

The Australian teenager was linked with moves to the Netherlands but will now call Scotland home for the next two seasons. 

Having started his European career in the Eredivisie, Emerton told Goal that it may have been a better move for Arzani.

Read the full story here. 

Tottenham link up with the University of Wollongong


Spurs and the education institution will offer an innovative player development program on the campus from January 2020.

This Global Football Development Program partnership with one of the world’s leading universities will see two FA & UEFA qualified Tottenham Hotspur coaches train participating University of Wollongong students for 36 weeks a year over a period of five years.

Coaches will deliver authentic methods developed within the Tottenham Hotspur Academy to help students reach their full potential.

Under the program, which opens for applications in 2019 to commence in 2020, students will undertake 16-20 hours of football training each week around their academic timetable and compete at local, national and international levels.

Adam le Fondre ready to match Bobo


New Sydney FC striker Adam le Fondre isn't daunted at the prospect of replacing A-League record breaker Bobo.

The former Bolton striker is full of confidence after already netting three times in pre-season and has his eyes on surpassing Bobo's goal-scoring record. 

"I definitely back myself to score goals, I back myself to score goals anywhere,” le Fondre told the Daily Football Show.

Read the full story here. 

Milos Degenek enjoys superb Champions League debut


The Australian defender's Red Star Belgrade team earned a 0-0 draw at home against Italian powerhouse Napoli.

Degenek was a rock at the back despite his team being under significant pressure. He received a yellow card in the 56th minute.

Click here for everything you need to know about the match.

Trent Sainsbury and Aziz Behich have nightmare Champions League experience


Socceroos stars Sainsbury and Behich were among the unused substitutes as PSV were thumped 4-0 by Barcelona at the Nou Camp in their opening Champions League match.

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick - including a sumptuous free kick - while the Catalans also dealt with the sending off of defender Samuel Umtiti.

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Trent Sainsbury's career nearly didn't exist after dating Socceroos coach Graham Arnold's daughter


Socceroos star Trent Sainsbury has the football world at this feet - currently playing at UEFA Champions League club PSV Eindhoven and likely to be named Australia's next captain after Mile Jedinak retires.

But what many may not know is the 26-year-old central defender's career nearly stalled as a teenager at the Central Coast Mariners - who were being managed at the time by now Socceroos coach Graham Arnold.

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