Melbourne Heart’s Thompson eagerly anticipating Newcastle return

Melbourne Heart midfielder Matt Thompson is ready to return to former club Newcastle Jets.

Melbourne Heart midfielder Matt Thompson is ready to return to former club Newcastle Jets.

The 27-year old made his name at EnergyAustralia Stadium as a foundation player, games record holder and club captain but decided a career move was in his best interests when the Heart joined the A-League and is now set to face the Jets at their home ground on Friday night.

''Newcastle [was] great towards me and I left on great terms so I am looking forward to going back there,'' Thompson told The Age.

''If anything I might feel a little bit more comfortable [at EnergyAustralia Stadium than at AAMI Park].

''You want to catch them on a bad day. I like to think if we get on top early … we can get away with a win.

''The boys are quietly confident. We were a bit disappointed with the score [against the Mariners] but everyone was a bit upbeat to get that first [game] out of the way. It would have been nice to get something out of it. We put [the loss] behind us straight away.

“There's no reason we can't do a number on Newcastle.''

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