A-League season preview: Newcastle Jets

Gary van Egmond has put together one of the youngest squads in the competition, but it is the signing of veteran striker Emile Heskey that has everyone intrigued


2011-12: SEVENTH [10-5-12] COACH: GARY VAN EGMOND  

2012-13 SQUAD

Jack Duncan, Ben Kennedy, Mark Birighitti, Craig Goodwin, Connor Chapman, Scott Neville, Dominik Ritter, Tiago Calvano, Taylor Regan, Sam Gallaway, Josh Mitchell, Ben Kantarovski, James Brown, Ruben Zadkovich, Bernardo Ribiero, Joshua Brillante, Jobe Wheelhouse, James Virgili, Jacob Pepper, Michael Bridges, Marko Jesic, Adam Taggart, Ryan Griffiths, Mitchell Oxborrow, Mitch Cooper.

In: Mark Birighitti, Craig Goodwin, Scott Neville, Dominik Ritter, Joshua Brillante, Josh Mitchell, James Brown, Mitch Cooper, Bernardo Ribiero, Adam Taggart, Emile Heskey.

Out: Mario Simic, Kasey Wehrman, Jeremy Brockie, Tarek Elrich, Byun Sung-Hwan, Labinot Haliti, Matthew Nash, Ali Abbas, Francis Jeffers.


STAR MAN: Emile Heskey ONE TO WATCH:  Ben Kennedy

Impossible to go past the veteran forward.  There are high hopes the former Liverpool, Aston Villa and England man will become the best marquee signing the club has ever made.  Now 34, Heskey will be the central figure to the Jets' attacking plans.

Improving all the time, had an impressive season between the sticks last season and could develop into a top-class goalkeeper.  Will have to be on his game, however, with the signing of Australia youth representative Mark Birighitti.    


Very shaky at the back last season, the Jets have recruited heavily in defence. Gary van Egmond will demand more consistency from his players this season after some promising results in their last campaign.  Will the experience of Josh Mitchell shore up the Jets defence?  But the real question is just what sort of impact Heskey will make at the club.


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