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We're keen on striker Smeltz: Jets coach

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 Warren Barnsley

Shane Smeltz is on Newcastle's radar as the struggling A-League club prepares to make some tough calls over its playing list.

Jets coach Mark Jones said the injury-ravaged club would turn to the player market following its disappointing start to the season which has yielded just one win, three draws and five losses.

"We'd like to come to a mutual agreement with some players to terminate their contracts and open up two or three places in our squad," Jones told SBS.

"Some players are not getting game-time even when we've had a lot of injuries."

Journeyman striker Smeltz is back in Australia having completed a short stint in Malaysia following his exit from Sydney FC at the end of the 2015-16 season.

The 35-year-old New Zealander, who's the A-League's second-highest scorer with 83 goals, is keen on a return to the competition.

He was also open to offers in Asia.

Jones indicated Smeltz, who's also played with Wellington, Gold Coast and Perth, would be a good fit for a Jets outift struggling for goals this season.

""It's about trying to get the best fit for the club, but he is certainly someone we're looking at," Jones said.

"Someone of Shane Smeltz's quality we'd have to be interested in."

The Jets are set for a boost with winger Andrew Nabbout and defender Daniel Mullen added to the starting line-up for Saturday's away clash against Perth Glory after overcoming injuries.

Jones on Thursday said skipper Nigel Boogaard was also a chance to play after training well this week as he nurses a knee issue.

"It just gives people another opportunity. So we can play Devante (Clut) up there as a nine, we can play (Andrew) Hoole as a nine, so we've got a few options," he told reporters.

"There's promising signs, when we get all our players back, that we'll have a good football team."

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