Newcastle confirm Sheppard A-League exit

Newcastle striker Kaine Sheppard has left the A-League club ahead of the season restart, the Jets have confirmed.

KAINE SHEPPARD of Newcastle Jets during the A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and the Brisbane Roar at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia.
KAINE SHEPPARD of Newcastle Jets during the A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and the Brisbane Roar at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia. Picture: Tony Feder/Getty Images

Newcastle have confirmed striker Kaine Sheppard has left the A-League club while veteran goalkeeper Glen Moss has brought forward his retirement.

The 26-year-old Sheppard joined the Jets ahead of the 2018-19 season and played 28 games, scoring three goals.

Moss, 37, was due to call it quits at the end of the season but in light of the delays and a move to Sydney with family, said he'd brought that decision forward.

He had played 250 A-League games including long stints with the Phoenix as well as Gold Coast and Melbourne Victory. Moss was capped by New Zealand 29 times.

Sheppard's and Moss's departures come as the Jets return to training ahead of the A-League resumption next month.

The Jets' first match back in the A-League following the COVID-19 shutdown will be a trip to face top-placed Sydney FC on July 21.

Newcastle have three regular season fixtures left and are still an outside chance of sneaking into the top six, currently sitting ninth, three points behind sixth-placed Western United.

Coach Carl Robinson along with assistants Kenny Miller and Darren Bazeley, who all returned to the United Kingdom during the suspension, have been given the green light to return to Australia and are expected to be back in their roles by the season's resumption.


AAP