Birighitti to join Jets next season

Goalkeeper Mark Birighitti will leave the club at the end of the AFC Champions League 2012 Group Stage after signing a two year deal with the Newcastle Jets.

Adelaide United FC goalkeeper Mark Birighitti will leave the club at the end of the AFC Champions League 2012 Group Stage after signing a two year deal with the Newcastle Jets.

The 20 year old Perth born keeper will remain part of United-s squad for the remainder of the current Hyundai A-League season and the group matches of the Reds- AFC Champions League campaign before officially joining the Jets.

In his time to date at the Reds, the high point for Birighitti was undoubtedly playing in the 2nd leg of the 2008 AFC Champions League Final against Japanese giants Gamba Osaka due to the suspension of number one keeper Eugene Galekovic.

Due to Galekovic-s continual outstanding form between the posts, Birighitti has found it tough trying to break into United-s first team, but he is hopeful a move to the Jets will bring more game time in the Hyundai A-League.

Throughout his Reds tenure, Birighitti has been a regular in Australian squads at Under 20 level, which included representing the Qantas Young Socceroos at last year-s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Columbia.

Birighitti signed with Adelaide United in late May 2008 and has since made six Hyundai A-League appearances for the club to go with the one in the AFC Champions League Final.

Adelaide United FC already has an able replacement in its goalkeeping ranks to cover Birighitti-s forthcoming departure, having signed talented 17 year old Adelaide born keeper Paul Izzo on a three year deal.