Jets coach Gary van Egmond confirmed the swoop to this morning.

Canberra-born Patafta 19, has agreed to a one year deal with Newcastle and bolsters Van Egmond’s squad as they prepare to embark on their defence of the Hyundai A-league crown and their Asian Champions League campaign.

Patafta is an Australian Under 17 and Under 20 National Team representative who played with the Melbourne Victory during the 2007-2008 season after being loaned out by Portuguese giants Benfica.

“We are excited to have Kaz in our playing group for the forthcoming year,” said van Egmond.

"Kaz was named in the World 11 side for his age group a couple of years ago and we look forward to seeing Kaz progress in accordance with that standing."