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The Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets have signed Socceroo David Carney for the remainder of the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League season.

Carney joins the Jets after most recently playing for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States.

The versatile 30-year-old, who has been capped 48 times for the Australian national team, said he was excited to be returning to the Hyundai A-League to play with the Jets.

“I’m very happy to have signed with Newcastle and I’m really looking forward to getting out on the pitch and playing some games,” Carney said.

“I’ve got a lot of hunger to do well for this Club and my main focus is to work hard and hopefully make a positive impact.

“I’ve had a little bit of a break since the MLS playoffs finished and now I’m ready to get back into it, help the team finish the season strongly and hopefully qualify for the finals.”

Carney last played in the Hyundai A-League for Sydney FC, making 38 appearances for the Sky Blues and scoring seven goals.

The Macarthur Rams junior then had stints in England with Sheffield United and Norwich City, before switching to Dutch side FC Twente, whom he won the Eredivisie title with in 2009/10.

Carney returned to England for the 2010/11 season, making 11 appearances for English Premier League outfit Blackpool.

Stints at Spanish second-division Club AD Alcorcon and Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor followed, before Carney linked-up with fellow Socceroo Tim Cahill in New York.

Newcastle’s interim head coach Clayton Zane said the signing of Carney was a fantastic addition to Jets’ squad.

“We’re very pleased to have signed a player of David’s calibre,” Zane said.

“He’s played at the highest level for Club and country and he’ll bring a wealth of experience and leadership to the team.

“You’re always looking for natural lefties and David’s a versatile footballer who can play anywhere down the left flank, which is great for the balance of our squad.”

Carney will commence training with his Newcastle teammates at Ray Watt Oval on Tuesday morning.

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