SEOGWIPO, SOUTH KOREA - APRIL 11: Riley Patrick Mcgree of Adelaide United celebrates after scoring a goal during the AFC Champions League Group H match between Jeju United FC and Adelaide United at Jeju World Cup Stadium on April 11, 2017 in Seogwipo, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Newcastle Jets have completed their first bit of business for the January transfer window securing promising Socceroo Riley McGree on loan.

The 19-year-old departed Adelaide United in June in favour of signing a 4-year deal with Belgian team, Club Brugge who he is still yet to play a game for.

Whilst the loan move works in favour of McGree who looks to bolster his stocks ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia, it also allows the Jets to replace players such as Ronald Vargas and Roy O’Donovan who are forced out due to long term injuries.

However Jets fans will have to be patient to see McGree in action, despite signing he won’t be in action in the month of January due to being part of the Australian squad for the Under-23s Asian Cup.

“He’s a player who’s going to be very exciting. He’s fit. We essentially miss him for a month, which is not ideal. But the squad’s been doing well.” Jets Administrator Joel Griffiths said on the signing.

A first finals berth in eight years looks more and more likely with the halfway point of the competition coming closer. But the Jets are travelling nicely being four points clear of third placed Melbourne City and nine ahead of fourth placed Adelaide.