Newcastle Jets teams of previous seasons have been labelled some of the worst and most boring to watch across the A-League.

Two wooden spoons in three seasons make that claim almost impossible to refute.

The Jets of the 2017/18 season are a much changed and far sharper squad, the likes of which haven’t been seen in Newcastle for years.

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Sunday’s draw against Perth Glory was perhaps a harsh outcome for the Jets but they will take solace after recording seven goals in two games thus far.

For a side that managed to bag a measly 28 goals last season this return shows a vast improvement, a fact coach Ernie Merrick will be happy with.

The change in fortune is largely down to the relationship of a new look front four consisting of Roy O’Donovan up top flanked by Andrew Nabbout and Dimi Petratos, with Ronald Vargas sitting just behind pulling the strings.

Merrick was quick to praise Vargas following Sunday’s game who showed off beautiful skills throughout as the Venezuelan put on an exhibition for the home crowd.

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“We’ve signed an outstanding player and I thought he was ripping it up particularly in the first half but also in the second,” Merrick said.

The four players each have individual strengths that set them apart from one another but have combined to lethal effect in the first two games.

“Andrew is the type of player who gets in behind, the same as Roy,” Merrick said.

“Where Ronny really works well is with Dimi Petratos, the two of them are like number 10s and combine well.”

Petratos had a solid game against Perth and was perhaps unlucky not to find the back of the net as he did against the Central Coast Mariners a week earlier.

Merrick was coy when questioned exactly how Petratos had been deployed in the side so far but undoubtedly identifies him as a key cog in the Jets attacking machine.

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“He moves from outside to inside.

“I just like to see him coming inside more often and being more direct in front of goals because he’s a very talented young player as you saw from last week,” Merrick said.

While praise can be heaped on the awesome foursome upfront, plenty of credit must go to Steven Ugarkovic and Ben Kantarovski who anchor the midfield whilst also providing an array of passing that drives the team forward.

“It was good that Ugarkovic, Kantarovski, Ronny and Dimi are getting really good combinations going in the middle,” Merrick said.

The Jets will look to these key players and others who have already proven their worth to drive the club forward in pursuit of an elusive finals spot.

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