Newcastle Jets continued their winning start to the W-League season making it two wins in two as they defeated Sydney FC 2-0 at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

There’s no doubting how difficult it is to build a squad as strong as Newcastle’s looks for a short and competitive W-League season.

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Most sides only come together weeks, if not days, before the season starts with many clubs waiting on their stars to return from overseas off-season commitments well into the season.

There may be an element of luck but there is no shortage of good management involved in bringing together a top squad that is ready from the get-go, a fact Jets’ coach Craig Deans is all too aware of.

“With the W-League you throw a team together almost from scratch almost every year and you have to get them to click early,” Deans said.

The last few seasons have seen Newcastle finish just outside a finals place but there is a feeling around the club following a perfect start that this season could be the one.

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“Normally we get told we’re going to come last and second last so we’re used to people doubting us and challenging us,” Deans said.

“There comes a time when you have to stop being the small team and you have to put your hand up and be ready for the fight and I think today was a small step in that direction.”

Arin Gilliland is a key player in her second season at Newcastle and was deployed in a number of positions in Saturday’s victory, even finding herself on the scoresheet for Jets’ second after a commanding header from a first half corner.

“Deansy [Craig Deans] had a game plan to go out and get some new players this year and come in with momentum and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” Gilliland said.

“We’ve come together as a team have a lot of camaraderie.

“All the girls love each other and when you’ve got a team that’s collective and together, you play as a team and don’t worry about any outside influences.”

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Deans is keeping measured about this season’s prospects but believes there are plenty of positive signs.

“The one thing you can always get right is your attitude towards the game, your attitude towards training and how you present yourselves at all times and the girls have embraced that,” Deans said.

“Now we have to challenge ourselves and we have to make sure that we are a serious team.”

Newcastle Jets head to Melbourne City next Sunday as they look to maintain their 100 percent record this season and make a further statement of intent as genuine finals contenders.

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