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Australian team sells out of Emile Heskey shirts

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Fans of Australian side Newcastle Jets are so excited about the signing of new striker Emile Heskey that they have sold out of replica shirts.

The former England international was a free-agent after being released by Aston Villa in the summer and the 34-year-old has decided to relaunch his career Down Under.

Despite not even arriving at the New South Wales club yet, fans have quickly snapped up his number nine replica shirt and the club have been forced to order 5,000 more shirts after their initial stock sold-out, according to Foxsports.

What's more, Heskey's signing has created such a buzz that the club have signed up 1,000 new members in less than a week since he agreed to join the club.

Heskey admitted that Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero's decision to join the A-League with Sydney FC helped convince him to make a similar move.

"Obviously I saw when he signed and the impact that he had and how important it was for the league and how important it was for the club," Heskey told Foxsports.

"So, yeah, seeing that and putting yourself up against someone like that and enjoying yourself in a new country (all played a part)."

Heskey told his new fans what they could expect from him when he arrives in Australia on Friday.

"I'll get my fair share of goals plus I will help produce a lot of goals, that was one of the main things that I do. But I will get my fair share of goals given the opportunity."

As he doesn't arrive in the country until Friday, Heskey may only have a limited role in the Jets' A-League opener against Adelaide on October 7 but his new coach Gary van Egmond is excited about what the former Liverpool, Wigan and Leicester man can offer on and off the pitch.

"It's fantastic. He ticks all the boxes in a footballing sense with his ability and the amount of experience he's gained for the young players to learn off. There is excitement there about just being able to work with him.

"And from a commercial and marketing point of view, he is going to be a great fit."

Photo: Hunter Sports Group via Fox Sports Australia

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