Hailiti to bring up ton for Jets

Newcastle’s Labinot Haliti (right) battles for the ball with Melbourne City’s Ivan Franjic. Picture: George Salpigtidis

HIS 100th A-League game is likely to be his last for the Newcastle Jets, but Labinot Haliti says there will be plenty of time at the end of the season to make a decision on his future.

The Jets head to Sydney today for their final match of the season with nothing to play for, but when the club became aware of Halitit’s impending milestone they made sure the game will at least be remembered for the 31-year-old’s 100th appearance.

Haliti will join just a handful of players to have made the Jets’ 100 club and says it will be an emotional occasion.

“I only found out the other day I’m getting close to 100,” he said. “It’s the last game of the season, 100 games, so there’s a lot of emotion. I’ve never been a person for individual things though, so I’ll get to sit back in the off season and think about what it means.”

Haliti made his Jets debut in 2009, before leaving for spells in Europe and at the Western Sydney Wanderers. His return to Newcastle in 2015 was marred by a season-ending knee injury and now, two years later, his contract expires at the end of the season and he is likely to move on.

But Haliti doesn’t want to think about the future just yet.

“I’ll sit down with the club at the end of the season and discuss things,” he said. “For now I’m focusing on the present. It’s a lot of emotion,

“It’s no secret I get along with the fans and everyone here, but there’s no need for me to make a plan yet. I’ll get the game out of the way, then sit and reflect.”

Originally published as Hailiti to bring up ton for Jets

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