Look who's back! Heskey slips on Newcastle Jets kit for first time as A-League debut beckons
11:17 GMT, 25 September 2012
Emile Heskey's Aussie adventure has taken a step closer to launch after the former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker slipped on his Newcastle Jets kit for the first time.
Heskey has signed for the Australia's A-League team and has penned a year-long deal with the New South Wales club for the 2012-2013 season.
The former England international striker will be propelled into action soon with the domestic season Down Under beginning next month.
Getting shirty: Heskey sports the Jets' kit for the first time
Capped 62 times by England, Heskey scored 110 goals in 516 games in the Barclays Premier League during a 17-year career in England.
These are exciting times for football in Australia after the arrival of Italy legend Alessandro del Piero at Sydney FC.
Former Juventus and Italy forward Del Piero received his favourite No 10 shirt on Sunday as he begins a two-year contract Down Under.
Del Piero, who signed a reported $4 million (2.6m) deal on September 5, was presented with his jersey at a fan day and training session attended by about 2,000 people at Sydney Football Stadium before he spent close to an hour signing autographs.
Getting shirty: Heskey sport the Jets' kit for the first time
Their first home match will be against the Newcastle Jets on October 13, with Heskey in the Jets lineup.
Those two international signings have brought worldwide attention to the often struggling A-League, and new franchise the Western Sydney Wanderers are reported to be in talks with former German midfielder Michael Ballack, who has played for Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Bayer Leverkusen.
Ballack, who turns 36 next week, made the last of 35 appearances for Leverkusen in the Bundesliga last season before moving into the commentary box with German television over the last year.