The Newcastle Jets have re-signed striker Joel Griffiths on a three-year contract which will see him become the club’s marquee player from next season.

The deal will potentially see last season’s Johnny Warren Medallist and golden boot winner stay with the reigning A-League champions for the remainder of his career.

The 29-year-old has been a talisman for the Jets since joining the club in 2006 from Leeds United, scoring 24 goals in 50 appearances.

“It’s certainly a monumental moment for the club and for Joel,” Newcastle Jets chief executive John Tsatsimas said.

“I’m pleased to announce that we have secured the services of such a fine player until the conclusion of the 2011/2012 season.

“We believe that Joel is a superb ambassador for the sport and for this great city. He plays with pride, he plays with passion, and he wears his heart on his sleeve.”

Tsatsimas was hopeful the long-term signing of Griffiths would complement the long-term deals signed last week by coach Gary van Egmond and assistant coach Mark Jones.

“Hopefully this is a moment which becomes a platform which will ensure the long-term stability and success of our club,” said Tsatsimas.

Griffiths picked up a hamstring injury in last round’s 2-0 loss to Adelaide and faces a month on the sidelines.

His deal is reportedly lucrative, around the $1 million mark.