A-League preview 2010/11: Newcastle Jets

Newcastle Jets have recruited well in the off-season and now have a squad capable of pushing for a title.

Newcastle Jets have recruited well in the off-season and now have a squad capable of pushing for a title.

Ruben Zadkovich, Kasey Wehrman, Jeremy Brockie and Marcello Fiorentini have all been added to Branko Culina’s squad and there is now plenty of attacking depth which the Jets have lacked previously.

They snuck into the finals last term and I can see a similar result this season, taking into account their poor defensive record where they conceded the second most amount of goals last term.

If Culina can get that right and use his attackers to assert more authority on the game, the Jets could cause many problems for the opposition but I fear last season’s habit of surrendering soft goals could come back to haunt a side who will dearly miss inspirational skipper Matt Thompson.

Last season: 6th
tribalfootball’s Prediction: 7th

Arrivals: Ruben Zadkovich (Derby), Kasey Wehrman (Lyn Oslo), Jeremy Brockie (North Queensland Fury), Zhang Shuo (Persik Kediri), Marcello Fiorentini (Palazzolo), Taylor Regan (Jets NYC)

Departures: Matt Thompson (Melbourne Heart), Jason Hoffman (Melbourne Heart), Song Jin Hyung (Tours FC), Angelo Costanzo(released), Shaun Ontong(released), Jason Naidovski(released), Fabio Vignaroli(released), Donny De Groot (released)

Biggest signing: Marcello Fiorentini

Biggest loss: Matt Thompson

Key men: Michael Bridges, Ljubo Milicevic, Labinot Haliti

Team list

Goalkeepers

Ben Kennedy
Neil Young

Defenders

Adam D’Apuzzo
Tarek Elrich
Ljubo Milicevic
Taylor Regan
Nikolai Topor-Stanley

Midfielders

Ali Abbas
Marcello Fiorentini
Ben Kantarovski
Kaz Patafta
Kasey Wehrman
Jobe Wheelhouse
Ruben Zadkovich

Forwards

Michael Bridges
Jeremy Brockie
Labinot Haliti
Marko Jesic
Brodie Mooy
Sasho Petrovski
Sean Rooney

Coach

Branko Culina

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