Appiah reunited with Merrick

08 March 2019 07:21:14 EST

Newcastle Jets coach Ernie Merrick has signed winger Kwabena Appiah until the end of the season.

Appiah was a free agent after leaving K-League club Incheon United in January and has been training with the Jets since returning to Australia.

Merrick has brought him in to provide depth to the squad, primarily covering the long-term absence of Jason Hoffman.

He worked with Appiah when he was in charge at Wellington Phoenix. The attacker made 16 appearances under Merrick while he was with the New Zealand side and has also played in the A-League for Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney.

He left Incheon after making 27 appearances across the league and cup competitions.

Merrick said: "He's got great speed and the ability to get in behind defences, which is something I look for in players who operate in the final third. His signing will provide us with some depth given the injury to Jason."

Appiah is delighted to be joining a team that is in contention to make the Finals Series this season - the Jets are two points behind sixth-placed Wellington.

He said: "Ernie has the boys playing a nice style of football, based around moving the ball quickly and getting forward, and I think it's a style I'm suited to."

The 26-year-old will be available for selection for the F2 derby with the Mariners on 16nd March.

Meanwhile, Perth Glory have re-signed forward Joel Chianese for next season.

The 29-year-old has featured in 20 of the Glory's league games this term, scoring four times and contributing three assists.

Chianese, who originally joined Glory in 2016, said: "I have learned so much working under [Head Coach] Tony Popovic and the coaching staff this year and with the great players we've got together."

Perth Glory are 13/10 to win their next game against Adelaide United, who are 2/1 with the draw 13/5.

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