Zura Is Newcastle Jets Marquee
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EXCLUSIVE: Exciting Ecuadorean striker Edmundo Zura is on a plane tonight bound for Newcastle where he is set to become the Jets' marquee player.
The 25-year-old from the club Barcelona of Guayaquil in Ecuador is said to have scored has scored 23 goals in 57 appearances for the club and has made seven appearances for his national team.
However his wikipedia entry claims he only joined the side in January this year.
Zura is set for a one year marquee deal, pending FFA approval, and will train tomorrow with the Jets.
Jets CEO John Tsatsimas told au.fourfourtwo.com that he is "confident" the FFA will sign off on the player's marquee status.
"He's a goalscorer and very exciting," added Tsatsimas.
Although not seen live by coach Gary Van Egmond, the club is confident Zura can fit the bill.
The Jets this afternoon issued a statement confirming Zura's arrival at the club tomorrow.
"Capped 7 times at National Team level by Ecuador, Edmundo Zura’s first selection for the National Team was in October 2006 in a Friendly against South American powerhouse Brazil," the statement added.
"However it was the 2007 Pan-American Games that would boost Zura’s profile and announce him as a big game player on the world stage as he captained the team and scored three goals en-route to Ecuador’s only football title in the nation’s history.
"In January of this year, the talented marksman moved from Sporting Club Imbabura and signed a 1-year deal with Ecuador’s most popular club, Barcelona Sporting Club of Guayaquil.
"He is now poised to join the reigning Hyundai A-League Champions."
Edmundo Salomon ZURA Jesus, the striker is 1.82m and looms as an exciting player alongside Song and Joel Griffiths.