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Newcastle goal hero Petrovski admits he was close to joining Asian club

Fresh from a match-winning double on Tuesday night, Newcastle Jets striker Sasho Petrovski has revealed how close he was to signing with an Asian club.

The former Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners hit man was the hero for the Jets against Korean club Ulsan Hyundai in the Asian Champions League group stage match, scoring the only goals of the match in the 2-0 victory but it almost may not have been the case.

Petrovski said he was extremely close to joining a Chinese Super League team but was advised of their interest when it was too late and did not want to go cause a fuss with his new A-League club.

"Every club says they will never stand in a players way to better themselves and go further and the reality is that clubs in China, Korea and Japan pay a lot more than clubs here," the 34-year old said.

"That's always going to be a big factor for any player.

"I saw the emailed offer from China and I let it go because I didn't want to cause a fuss, there were legal ramifications and so I let it go. They were a pretty good club but that's life."

Petrovski is confident another offer of similar proportions may come his way if he keeps up his current performance levels.

"If I keep performing to the level of Tuesday night maybe a bigger offer will come from Korea or Japan," he added.

"As a player you have to look at every option possible to make a good living out of the game and you never say never.

"I think in three or four months a few of these (Asian) clubs will come knocking on my door again."

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