Newcastle Jets midfielder Ruben Zadkovich is confident that the A-League club can become one of the forces of the competition. On-field results so far this season may not suggest that but the progress off the pitch in the past few months indicates that the Hunter club are moving along the right path.
Zadkovich, who returned to the A-League this season after having a second crack in England with Derby County (after his initial stint with QPR and Notts County), knows that with the right methods in place the Jets can really provide some joy for the many football fans living in the region.
"The club's definitely moving forward in the right way and the new owners of the club have been superb in terms of providing us with the support and foundations to build a side and we've just been trying to work hard as a team," he told Australian Football Weekly.
"We've got a lot of good players - young players and some experienced players. If we stick together and start playing the football we know we can and have done in patches, we'll be there at the business end of the season."
The Jets enjoyed a return to form with a solid 3-1 win over second-placed Adelaide United on Saturday night and had a healthy crowd of 8,278 at EnergyAustralia Stadium which will only grow according to the 24-year old.
"It's important that the community gets behind the Jets because we're setting an example for those young kids and giving them something to aspire to," he added.
"If we can get the numbers through the gates, then the sponsorship and the community, then I think it's going to be one of the biggest teams in the A-League."