Newcastle Jets say they are understanding of The Squadron’s decision to end their active support of the club.
The group announced on Friday that it would no longer be present at Jets matches in an active capacity, citing “insurmountable” conditions set by Football Federation Australia.
It added that those conditions did not allow for the growth of active support in Newcastle.
The Squadron follow on from Melbourne Victory’s North Terrace as A-League active groups to end their support.
The club said it recognises the issues that led to their verdict.
“Newcastle Jets today acknowledges The Squadron’s decision to cease its active support efforts at club matches,” the club said in a statement provided to Outside90.
“The Jets were in consistent dialogue with representatives of The Squadron throughout the A-League 2016-17 season, and earlier, and recognise that numerous factors have contributed to the decision.
“The club supported the group’s move to behind the goals at the southern end of McDonald Jones Stadium via significant investment in infrastructure for the 2016-17 campaign in the shared hope that it would help reignite active support at home fixtures.
“Overall the club commends The Squadron’s commitment to supporting Newcastle Jets and the A-League both on and off the field over the first 12 seasons of the competition. The group has helped create and share in many magnificent memories at home and away since 2005.”
The Jets added that they hope to rebuild active support models for the 2017-18 season, inclusive of Squadron representatives.
“The club can confirm that it will retain representatives of The Squadron on its Member Advisory Committee, and looks forward to working with and supporting the group in its refocused efforts as a supporters club,” the statement continued.
“The club is open to working with new or existing Jets members/supporters regarding fresh active support models or initiatives leading into season 13 of the A-League.”
The Jets finished the season on the foot of the table after a late-season collapse saw them concede 17 unanswered goals.