The Newcastle Jets have signed former Johnny Warren Medal winner Marcos Flores for the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season.
Flores set the Hyundai A-League alight during his first stint in Australia with Adelaide United, where he worked alongside current Jets head coach Phil Stubbins.
Flores scored nine goals and provided eight assists in 29 appearances for Adelaide, before securing a move to Chinese Super League club Henan Jianye.
The 28-year-old returned to Australia after two years in China, signing with Melbourne Victory for the 2012/13 season, before switching to the Central Coast Mariners ahead of the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League campaign.
In total, Flores has made 67 appearances in the Hyundai A-League, scoring 16 goals.
“I’m extremely happy to be joining the Newcastle Jets and it was a decision I really didn’t have to think twice about,” Flores said.
“I know Phil from my first day in Australia and I’m very excited to work with him again.
“I think there is a bright future ahead for the Jets and I can’t wait to arrive in Newcastle and give everything for the Club and the fans in the way I train and play.”
Flores’ 2013/14 season with the Mariners was cut short after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, but the crafty South American said he is confident of returning bigger and better with the Jets this campaign.
“The Jets have shown faith in me and I’m really excited to finish my recovery so I can repay them on the pitch,” Flores said.
“I’m 28 years old, I’m so in love with the game and I can’t wait to start working really hard from the first day in Newcastle to be a better player and help the team win.”
Newcastle Jets head coach Phil Stubbins said that Flores’ creativity and skill on the ball would provide the Jets with a valuable point of difference in the attacking part of the pitch.
“Reaching this agreement with Marcos is a big coup for the Club because I think he could be a real joker in the pack for us this coming campaign,” Stubbins said.
“We’ve had reports on Marcos’ progression to date with his rehabilitation from his knee injury and we know he is extremely focused on his recovery.
“With the help of our fantastic medical staff, we’re confident of seeing the best of Marcos this coming season.
“He’s someone who can provide great service for the players in the front third and he also has the ability to find the back of the net himself.
“Marcos is a terrific guy who will fit in nicely with what the Newcastle Jets are all about and we’re very excited to welcome him to the Club.”