The most tumultuous, yet somehow heartening, off-season for Newcastle Jets will end on Sunday and the new look squad will get their first chance to show the A-League what they can do.

After missing out on the finals for the last five seasons can former Fulham Assistant Manager Scott Miller restore the Novocatrians to their former glory and bring the good times back for the long suffering Jets’ faithful?

Last season

A-League: Last

Finals: What are finals?

 

They’ll win the league because…

Because Scott Miller will be the best thing that has ever happened to the club. The former assistant to Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has the drive, professionalism and tactical nous to push the Jets all the way.

Miller brought in a new community pride ethos and with a roster of solid A-League performers and an unprecedented level of respect and admiration on the training paddock the Jets look like they are shaping up to surprise a lot of people this season.

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They’ll be cellar dwellers because…

They’re still suffering from other’s mistakes. Miller has had to be incredibly patient and shrewd in his signings as the Jets have virtually no money to play with. He’s done well bringing in some solid A-League players but their quality is light all over the park and injuries could cause them serious problems.

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Scott Miller will be the youngest ever A-League boss at 34 years and 14 days when their Round One clash against Wellington Phoenix kicks off, taking the mantle from new Brisbane Roar boss John Aloisi who held the record as youngest full-time coach at 26 years and 8 months.

The off-season brought…

Once Nathan Tinkler was disposed as owner and Football Federation Australia took control the club immediately started the re-building phase. The club is now settled and has brought in proven A-League players including Mateo Poljak, Cameron Watson and Nigel Boogaard – who will captain the squad this year. Miller recently completed his squad by adding international attackers Brazilian Leonardo and Serbian Milos Trifunovic.

Key player

Croatian Mateo Poljak will be vital for the Jets this season in the middle of park. He has strong A-League credentials and Miller will be looking for him to help steer his squad around the park.

One to watch

Brazilian attacking midfielder Leonardo is one to keep your eye on this season and with a resume that includes the likes of Dutch clubs Feyenoord, NAC Breda and AFC Ajax, Jets fans will be looking for him to bring not only goals but also style.

Full Squad List: 

1. BIRIGHITTI Mark, 20. KENNEDY Ben, 2. MULLEN Daniel, 3. HOFFMAN Jason, 4. BOOGAARD Nigel (C), 5. KANTAROVSKI Ben, 6. WATSON Cameron, 7. ALIVODIC Enver, 8. POLJAK Mateo, 9. TRIFUNOVIC Milos, 10. LEONARDO, 11. HALITI Labinot, 12. BRENNAN Andy, 13. LEE Ki-Je, 14. COOPER Mitch, 15 MUATA-MARLOW Themba, 17. PAVICEVIC Radovan, 18. BARRESI Josh, 22. JACKSON Lachlan, 23. CARNEY David, 25. LUNDY, Brandon.

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