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By ESPN Staff

Jets Hoffman to join Melbourne Heart

A-League newcomers Melbourne Heart have completed the signing of Newcastle Jets striker Jason Hoffman.

Hoffman, 20, has signed a two-year contract and becomes the fourth player to sign with the Heart, who will kick-off in the 2010/11 season.

Head coach John van't Schip said he was impressed by Hoffman's versatility and is pleased to have secured his services for next season and beyond.

"Jason is a player with great capacity to improve and become a regular player in the A-League," he said.

"He is an excellent professional who works very hard, which is the sort of player that we are hoping to bring to the club."

A product of the New South Wales Institute of Sport, Hoffman made his A-League debut at the age of 18 and played an important role in the Jets' 2007 championship campaign, making 15 appearances on his way to a winners medal.

His second season was derailed by a serious knee injury, but he bounced back in fine fashion during Newcastle's Asian Champions League campaign earlier this year.

Hoffman has also been capped by the Young Socceroos and appeared in last year's U-20 World Cup in Egypt.

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