IN THE FRAME: Jets coach Scott Miller is keen to bring stiker Adam Taggart back to Newcastle. Picture: Getty ImagesJETS coachScott Miller hopes a familiar environment and past success will convinceAdam Taggart that Newcastle is the place to kick-start his career.
Taggart has resumedtraining at Fulham after a disappointing loan spell at Scottish Premier League cellar dwellers Dundee United.
Miller, whospent nine years at Craven Cottage before joining the Jets and formed a close bond with the striker, is desperate to add firepower to his roster during the Januarytransfer window.
“I have certainly suggested to him that Newcastle Jets would look at him as a firm option,” Miller said on Tuesday.
“Without offering it to him, I have made it clear that I think he is a talented footballer, but also his last reference point in Newcastle was such a successful one.He has a decision to make.”
It is almost 18months since Taggart made his World Cup debut for the Socceroos in a 3-2 loss to Spain.
World Cup selection followed a break-out 2013-14season for the Jets in which he scored 16 goals to win the A-League Golden Boot and Young Player of the Year awards.
From Brazil he headed to West London, where he is yet to make a first-team appearance after 18 months of a three-year contract.
The Cottagers are set to appoint Slavisa Jokanovic as manager and Miller said Taggart’s immediate aimwas to earnaspot in the senior squad.
“Adam’sfocus is European football at this point,” Miller said. “He certainly needs a home because being disjointed for the past couple of years –he has been out on loan a couple of times and being in the under-21 squad -is hard for him.
“He does have a profile that suggests he can play at senior level.It is testament to the step up,it is bigger than people assume.”
As well as fight for a place at Fulham,Taggart is likely to be a part of the Olyroos squad to contest the Asian Championshipsin Qatar next month –the final qualifying stage for the Rio Olympics.
“Adam is very determined to get back playing, get back into the squads for the Olympics and also to get back into the Socceroos and AngePostecoglou’smindset,” Miller said.
“But he needs to play regular footballthat’s for sure.”
Lee Ki-je has passed a medical in Korea and set to join Ulsan Hyundai.Once complete the transfer will leave Miller with three places and about $425,000 available to bolster the squad.
The A-League transfer window opens on January 5 and the coach wants someone “fit and ready” for the round-14 clash against Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on January 9.
“I think I will be pretty proactive with it,” he said.“We are looking at a few players to maximise the depth of the squad and to help the senior players out to a degree.”