Fulham have signed Australian striker Adam Taggart from the Newcastle Jets.
Taggart was under contract to the Newcastle Jets for a further season in the A-League but the club has agreed on a transfer and allowed him to leave.
Taggart departs the Jets after two seasons in the Hunter where he scored 18 goals in 44 appearances.
The 21-year-old enjoyed a stellar 2013/14 campaign for the Jets, scoring 16 goals to win the A-League’s Golden Boot Award while also being named the NAB Young Footballer of the Year.
Currently with the Socceroos at the World Cup in Brazel after starting in this morning’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Spain in the team’s final pool game, Taggart said he was excited by the new challenge ahead of him.
“I’d like to thank everyone at the Newcastle Jets, including the players, staff and fans for their fantastic support over the past couple of seasons,” Taggart said.
“I’ve had two really enjoyable years at the Jets and for that reason I will always hold the club and city of Newcastle close to my heart.
“I’m looking forward to starting a new chapter in my career with Fulham and working hard to take my game to another level.”
Jets CEO Robbie Middleby wished Taggart well with his move to Europe.
“At the Newcastle Jets we take pride in our ability to develop young talent and give them a platform to showcase their ability in the A-League,” Middleby said.
“Adam has been a great servant of the Jets during his time at the club and we’ll continue to follow his progress with great interest during this next stage of his career and beyond.
“This move is a fantastic opportunity for Adam to join a club with a proud history in English football and we wish him all the best at Fulham.”
Taggart is Fulham’s second signing of the summer since their relegation from the Premier League, following the arrival of defender Shaun Hutchinson from Motherwell.