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Ex-Derby County and Charlton Athletic midfielder Ledley secures Newcastle Jets move

On their official club website, Australian A-League side Newcastle Jets have confirmed the signing of former Derby County and Cardiff City midfielder Joe Ledley after his short-term deal with Charlton Athletic came to an end last month.

Charlton Athletic brought in Welsh international Joe Ledley on a free transfer in December to bolster their midfield options, signing him on a short-term contract. The club confirmed that they would not be offering him a new deal and now, he has found a new club.

Australian A-League side Newcastle Jets have confirmed that Ledley has signed for the club on a deal that will keep him with the club until the end of the season. Ledley spoke to the club’s official website upon the announcement, saying:

“I’ve come here to play, and I know I’ll have to be at my best to earn a spot in the starting eleven here in Newcastle. I’ve only been to Australia once before, for a pre-season tour with Celtic back in 2011, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge of the Hyundai A-League.

“The opportunity to work under Carl [Robinson] is one that I’m also looking forward to, we crossed paths in a few Wales camps when I was a youngster and to have the chance to link up with him again is exciting.”

Ledley is a vastly experienced midfielder and this will be the first time he has played club football outside of the UK. The 33-year-old came through Cardiff City’s youth academy, going on to play 252 times for the club before signing for Celtic, where he featured 157 times.

Since then, the midfielder has gone on to play for Crystal Palace and Derby County, most recently being on the books at Charlton Athletic, where he played just once before leaving at the end of his deal.

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