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Jets sign emergency keeper for two games

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/11/2016 Emma Kemp

Newcastle have rushed in an emergency back-up goalkeeper for the club's next two A-League matches as their stocks continue to dwindle.

Edgeworth FC goalkeeper Jim Fogarty will step up from the NPL for games against Wellington and Melbourne City as a back-up for Jack Duncan, who is already filling in following first-choice gloveman Ben Kennedy's season-ending achilles injury.

The Jets said a minor ankle complaint to youth team shot-stopper Pierce Clark had left coach Mark Jones' outfit in need of an 11th-hour replacement.

Fogarty's call-up denies 15-year-old Noah James an unlikely A-League debut after the Australian under-16 youth international was named in the squad on Thursday.

Fogarty will fly to New Zealand on Friday evening for Saturday's match with the Phoenix at Westpac Stadium.

The 24-year-old, who played for Edgeworth in the FFA Cup and NPL finals series, trained with the Jets eight years ago and has been involved in training with the club's youth team.

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