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Newcastle's Wheelhouse starting to show true colours

Newcastle Jets midfielder Jobe Wheelhouse is beginning to live up to early high expectations of him.

The 24-year old has strung together a few good performances for the revamped Jets who have won of their past five to climb into the top four on the table.

Jet coach Branko Culina admits he did not know much about Wheelhouse when he took over the job at Newcastle but is happy he has found a good, tough midfielder.

"When I arrived at this club people told me he was a good bench player and that was his standard," Culina said of Wheelhouse.

"But as I got to know him more the more I saw there was a player capable of much more than that. He is a good athlete, he is comfortable on the ball, he can win possession and he gets heaps of yellow cards.

"He has everything a top footballer has but he just wasn't getting a game. So we had a chat about where he wanted to be and I suppose he has answered in the best possible way.

"There is no doubt Jobe has contributed enormously over the last few weeks to where we are at right now."

Wheelhouse hit a contender for goal of the year in the Jets 3-2 win over Gold Coast United on Sunday but admits there was an element of luck involved.

"It was just one of those ones where you close your eyes and it hits the right spot … we do plenty of practice on those at training," Wheelhouse said.

"But it just one of those ones where you can't hit it any better and luckily it goes in. I have probably not hit any better than that on target."

Andrew Slevison
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