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Patafta excited about new season with Newcastle Jets

Former teenage prodigy Kaz Patafta is excited about the forthcoming A-League season.

The Newcastle Jets midfielder has struggled to find his way at senior level with both the Melbourne Victory and his current club, after spending time in Portugal with Benfica.

Now, the 20-year old is determined to make every post a winner with the club that has given him a second chance.

"I've got a good feeling about this year and I can't wait to get started," Patafta said.

"I'm always excited about football but the main thing is to enjoy it. For the last couple of years, there have been times when the enjoyment hasn't been there.

"It's definitely been two very difficult seasons for me," Patafta added.

"I've been fairly patient, I think.

"I've been working on areas where the previous coaches wanted me to. Patience was the biggest thing. But it gets to the point where you need to be playing.

"I did decide to re-sign here [Newcastle] because I had a lot of believers at the club and I felt I had what it takes to start, and maybe prove a few people wrong. It's refreshing to have a coach who believes in you.

"Now I get a good opportunity. I'll get a real chance to show what I can do. Actually play rather than try to improve myself at training and not get the chance to show it. If you ask any player, it takes a few games in a row to get your confidence back and that's something I haven't had for two years."

Andrew Slevison
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