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Joel Griffiths

Current Club: Lambton Jaffas FC
Playing Position: Right Winger/Striker

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About Joel Griffiths

He played for Sydney United, Parramatta Power and Newcastle United Jets in the now defunct National Soccer League. He also had a brief stint with Leeds United where he made two appearances.

He joined the Newcastle Jets on 31 July 2006, after a brief spell in England with Leeds United, having signed from Swiss club Neuchâtel Xamax on 17 January 2006. After joining the Newcastle Jets in the 2006–07 season Griffiths quickly formed the basis of the team that underwent a strong resurgence under new coach Gary van Egmond. His memorable performances include scoring two goals in extra time against Perth Glory in round 20 to draw the game at 3–3. At the end of the regular season Griffiths had contributed a total of 6 goals for the Jets. The Jets would finish third in the regular season and be narrowly knocked out of the chance to play in the AFC Champions League and the 2007 Grand Final. In the 2007–08 season, his twin brother Adam Griffiths joined the team. With the loss of key attacking players such as Nick Carle, Milton Rodríguez and Vaughan Coveny, Griffiths became the key to the Jets attack throughout the season. His performances on the pitch quickly lead him to be the focus of much media attention, with Griffiths remaining in career best form for much of the season. Two goals against Melbourne Victory in round 17 saw him called into the training squad for the A-League based Socceroos, but later had to withdraw from the squad due to injury. At the end of Griffiths' outstanding regular season he had scored 12 goals, which earned him the A-League Golden Boot award. Finishing second in the regular season on goal difference, the Jets later went on to win the Grand Final. With the conclusion of the season, Griffiths joined J. League Division 2 side Avispa Fukuoka on a loan spell. On 5 March 2008, it was announced that he joined the Japanese club on loan. In July he returned to Newcastle. Joel was set to become the Newcastle Jets million dollar man and play as a marquee player. However this was cancelled, with Griffiths joining brother Ryan at Chinese club Beijing Guoan on a year long loan.

Griffiths refused to extend his contract with Beijing Guoan and made a free transfer to Guoan's rival club Shanghai Shenhua in January 2012. Griffiths's contract with Shanghai Shenhua ended at the end of 2012. Griffiths signed with Sydney FC in December 2012, being eligible to play with them from 14 January 2013.


Following an underwhelming career for Sydney FC, he was released on 16 July 2013. He returned to China, where he has previously played in successful stints for Beijing Guoan and Shanghai Shenhua, signing a contract with another Super League club Qingdao Jonoon. On 11 January 2014, it was announced that he would return to the Newcastle Jets until the end of the season, at least. This was a very popular move amongst fans who still view him as a hero.


International career He represented Australia at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship held in Nigeria. Griffiths made his debut for the full national team on 9 October 2005 against Jamaica, scoring a goal before celebrating by hopping up and down like a Kangaroo. This was Australia's final warm up match before their World Cup qualifier playoff match against Uruguay.


Playing Record


  • Menai Hawks & Sutherland Sharks
  • 1997 - Sydney United (NSWSL)
  • 1998/9 - Sydney United (NSL)
  • 1999/01 - Parramatta Power (NSL)
  • 2001/03 - Newcastle United (NSL)
  • 2003/6 - Neuchatel Xamax (Switzerland)
  • 2005/6 - Leeds United (England)
  • 2006/8 - Newcastle Jet (A-League)


  • 1999 - Australia U20 (5 apps, 1 Goal)
  • 2005/08 - Australia (3 apps, 1 Goal)