Clut signs two year deal with Newcastle

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With Brisbane’s season now over the player departures have begun, with young midfielder Devante Clut given an early release from the final month of his contract as he pursues a two year contract with Newcastle Jets.

Clut, now 20, made 21 appearances for Brisbane -4 goals- all up since making his debut in round 16 of the 2013-14 season in a home game against Wellington Phoenix. By scoring on his debut, Clut became just the 8th player to achieve that feat.

After making his debut against Wellington under Mike Mulvey, Clut was not seen again in the first team for another twelve months after a stellar National Youth League campaign saw him catch the eye of new boss Frans Thijssen.

At the end of that season, Clut emerged as a starting XI player in both the Asian Champions League campaign and the clubs A-League finals run, most notably scoring two long range goals in a 3-3 draw with Suwon.

After starring once again in a post-season friendly with Villarreal, where Clut scored another brace, he found himself on the outer this season under new boss John Aloisi.

This season has seen Clut slip down the pecking order in a strong midfield group, with just the 9 substitute appearances in all competitions this season, as he failed to convince Aloisi of his ability to fit into his midfield.

That lack of football has seen Clut opt for a move back to NSW where he links up with a Newcastle side that struggled at times for creativity and goals this season, so there’s likely to be an opportunity for Devante to establish himself as a starting regular in the Hunter. Best of luck to Devante in the future.

Facts and Figures
Player number- 101
Debut- Round 19, 2013-14
Games- 8 (13)
Goals- 4
Honours- 2013/14 Premiership, 2013/14 Championship.

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