Newcastle Jets FC 2019/20 W-League season preview

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Having not qualified for finals last season the Newcastle Jets’ aim is to gain back their 2017/18 glory and guide themselves towards a top-four finish in 2019/20.

Losing key members of their team halts this ambition but the club is looking to add new home-grown talent to replace their losses and fill those gaps.

Last season:

W-League: 7th

Despite starting the 2018/19 season full of optimism, Newcastle suffered serious back-to-back losses that quickly put their top four appearance on hold.

Key moments in the season such as their 3-1 win against Perth Glory in round 11, gave the Jets newfound hope.

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The excitement was short-lived after the Jets suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Melbourne City, but they finished their season on a positive note with a 4-1 win against the Wanderers.

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They’ll win the league because…

Coach Craig Deans has successfully created a balanced team full of experienced players and local young guns.

While the Jets are slowly adding more players to create more quality and depth within the team, the current signings are determined to be a dominating side.

The Jets have an experienced defensive line with Hannah Brewer and Gema Simon running the helm effortlessly with new signing Annabel Martin coming into the fold.

Combined with the deadly striking power of Tara Andrews and Jenna Kingsley, the Jets are well on their way to being a powerful side this season.

They’ll be cellar dwellers because…

Club departures. The loss of Newcastle’s golden girl Emily van Egmond as well as other key senior players including Cortnee Vine and Katie Stengel will be detrimental to the club’s success this season.

The departure of key figures has left gaps within Newcastle’s midfield but they could be filled quite well by new signing Nikki Flannery linking up with her Sydney University teammate Clare Wheeler in the midfield and Martin backing them up in defence.

The only question is time, as the Jets will have to work twice as hard to ensure their new team will be ready to perform to the same standard paved out last year by van Egmond and Stengel.

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Together Cassidy Davis and Hannah Brewer have more than 170 games of W-League experience. With so much experience the two are sure to bring success to the club this season.

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The off-season brought…

Signings. Newcastle have announced 15 signings for the upcoming season including Gema Simon and Larissa Crummer. Despite major losses during the off-season the Jets have no plans to replace the players they’ve lost with international signings.

New signings include experienced W-League players Flannery and Martin, along with first time signing Allen.

Deans is confident the team, predominantly made up of girls from Newcastle, have the experience and capabilities for a top-four finish.

Key player

Tara Andrews. An experienced campaigner, Andrews is a crucial piece for the Jets this upcoming season.

The 25-year-old only played six games for the Jets last season after a year off from football but is ready to prove herself.

Playing for New Lambton in the Northern NSW WPL Andrews scored 17 goals in her 16 appearances with the club. She ensured her team took home the double – the premiership and the grand final.

Andrew’s extensive W-League experience makes her a confident and assured striker in front of goal with her ability to get herself into goal scoring positions.

She will also link up well upfront with new Jets player Lauren Allen, who she played alongside in New Lambton, to create the dream duo upfront if everything falls into place.

One to watch

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Claire Coelho. The young goalkeeper has been waiting patiently the last several seasons for her time to claim the number one keeper jersey and finally, it appears to have arrived.

After several seasons as the number two goalie, Coelho can be counted on to deliver some impressive saves and consistent appearances this season to cement her spot at number one for future seasons.

Newcastle Jets Westfield W-League 2019/20 squad:

Goalkeepers: Claire Coelho

Defenders: Hannah Brewer, Cassidy Davis, Gema Simon, Tessa Tamplin, Larissa Crummer

Midfielders: Libby Copus-Brown, Paige Kingston-Hogg, Sophie Nenadovic, Clare Wheeler, Nikki Flannery, Annabel Martin

Forwards: Tara Andrews, Teigan Collister, Jenna Kingsley, Pana Petratos, Renee Pountney, Lauren Allen

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