Emile Heskey is already popular in Australia. Really, really popular
Whether it’s because of the poor standard of the A-League or that they haven’t seen him play in five years, Newcastle Jets fans are excited about Emile Heskey’s arrival. Really excited.
So excited are they in fact, that the club have already sold out of their first batch of jerseys bearing Heskey’s name and the number nine on the back and have had to place an order for 5,000 more, according to a report in The Guardian.
Not only has Heskey’s arrival boosted shirt sales, but an additional 1,000 members have signed up to the club since Emile’s arrival, obviously hoping that the big man can reprise the form that earned him 62 England caps as opposed to some of his more bumbling performances with Aston Villa and Wigan in recent seasons.
Commenting on Heskey, Jets coach Gary van Egmond told Foxsports that his signing was "fantastic … he ticks all the boxes, in a footballing sense with his ability and experience … and from a commercial and marketing point of view. He's going to be a great fit."
Newcastle defender Dominik Ritter was similarly enthused about Heskey’s presence at the club, saying: "When I came here, I didn't know much about Australian football.
"Then a couple of weeks ago, Del Piero signed [with Sydney FC] and everyone from Switzerland, my family and friends, all texted me saying how great it was.
"Now Emile Heskey is coming to play with me and my team. It's very, very exciting."
Obviously we wish Heskey all the best and he could well flourish in a league that is of a standard far lower than the Premier League, but the Newcastle fans excited by his arrival have obviously not seen the wonderful FIFA p*ss take that went viral earlier this year, of which we need little excuse to remind readers of.