Johnny Steele signs for Australian club Newcastle Jets

Jonny Steele has made three appearances for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland midfielder Jonny Steele has joined Australian A-League side Newcastle Jets after his New York Red Bulls exit last week.

The 28-year-old, who left the Bulls by "mutual consent", signed a two-season deal with Newcastle after talking with former New York team-mate Tim Cahill.

"I spoke to Tim about the Jets and the A-League itself and he had plenty of good things to say," said Steele.

Steele made 50 MLS appearances for the Red Bulls, scoring six goals.

The Larne man made his Northern Ireland debut in a friendly against Turkey last November and played in the recent friendlies against Uruguay and Chile.

The former Ballymena United player was training with Cliftonville before joining New York in January last year.

"It's an exciting new chapter in my career," added Steele.

"It's a growing league with lots of opportunities and now I'm just looking forward to getting to Newcastle and seeing for myself what it is all about.

"I'm a hard working player who gives 100 per cent every time I'm on the field and that's what I'll look to bring to the Jets."