MOVING ON: Andrew Hoole has set his sights on securing a deal in Europe after talks with the Jets broke down. Picture: Getty ImagesHIGH OCTANE winger Andrew Hoole is set to chase opportunities in Europe aftercontract negotiations with the Jets broke down over the club’s hardline stance on a transfer fee.
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The Jets had offered Hoole, their No.1 retention target, anupgraded two-year deal, but the parties were unable to reach common ground on a proposed buyout fee,believed to be between $350,000 and $450,000.

Fellow young guns Steven Ugarkovic and Lachlan Jackson havesimilar clauses in contractextensions they signed earlierthis year.

Hoole’s management had sought asmaller fee with a sell-on clause, but the Jets refused to move and have withdrawn the offer.

“We have rules in place,” Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna said.“We set a minimum transfer fee, and if they are playing well they will get sold.If we develop them and let them go,that is not a sustainable model.Everybody in the squad is treated the same.It is a business for us.We wouldn’t budge, they wouldn’t budge, so we tookthe deal off the table.We wish him all the best.He will play at the weekend and do what he does.”

Hoole hopes to secure a move abroad at the end of the A-League season and has received interest from clubs in Belgium, Denmark and Norway. Danish Superliga side AaB, where former Jets coach Scott Miller is an assistant, are understood to be among the clubs monitoring the Olyroos’ progress.

“In Europe they don’t sign players until the window opens in July,” Hoole’s agent Joel Grenell said.“Hooley is happy to take a calculated risk but he was also open to re-signing with Newcastle. However, it hadto bein a way that would not kill off any potential deal in Europe.The information out of our [ie sports management] office in London is that the clubs looking at players like Hooleywill not pay high fees,” Grenell said. “If he goes as a free agent the Jets don’t get anything. We don’t want them to get zero.”

Hoolehas thrived since returning to Newcastle midway through a two-year deal in Sydney. The pacey midfielderhas scored five goals, provided two assists and created 41 chances. His efforts havenot been limited to attack. The athletic23-year-old has made 25 tackles, the third most for the Jets, and picked off 16 interceptions.

“Hooley does not have a desireto play for another A-League club,” Grenell said.“This is the right time for him to jump into the deep end of the ocean and try and forge a career in Europe, which is no different to any other aspiring young footballer in the world. There areclubs committed to offering a deal if he continues his good form. At the very least these clubs are committed to getting him over in the European summer and having a look at him in the flesh. It’s an exciting time for Hooley.”

Hoole is one of 10 players off contract at the Jets.

McKinna said Daniel Mullen would be offered a new deal and talks were ongoing with a number of others.

Meanwhile, a second string Jets went down 2-1 to visitingsister club Shenzhen Ledman in a friendly at Speers Point on Wednesday.

The Jets led 1-0 at halftimeafter a superb freekick byDevenate Clut. The senior players were replaced by the youth team at half-time.

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