Deans says the Jets can not afford to make excuses

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Newcastle Jets coach Craig Deans is refusing to blame the squad’s 2-1 loss against Western Sydney Wanderers on external factors within the club.

“We have done enough in two games of football to at least get a draw or possibly win,” he said. 

“I can’t sit here and say we have been losing games of football because we’re not sure who the owner was.” 

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With the new consortium of A-League investors taking the reins at the Jets this week, Deans admitted it had minimised the background noise and allowed them to focus on securing their future. 

“What happened in the past is hopefully in the past. As we look forward, there are bigger and better things to come,” he said.

Included in these optimistic changes is the young Socceroos playmaker Luka Prso joining Newcastle on a loan deal. 

The Australian-born midfielder has returned home to converge with his red-and-blue teammates after spending his youth with Dinamo Zagreb and Croatian second-tier club NK Osijek II. 

“He is in quarantine at the moment and is still going to be three-four weeks away,” Deans said. 

“But it’s another body in the middle of the park where we are a little bit light at the moment. If he can score some goals, that might help us a bit more because it is that area we are struggling most.”

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Despite the new addition, club owners are still considering whether they want to invest their money into players. 

Deans is weary about this prospect and believes anybody considered onwards should be someone who is strategically chosen.

“I think we need to be sensible about everything just because there is new ownership and not start throwing around silly money.

“Anyone we do sign, we have to make sure is not just a short term fix but will evolve overtime, improve the squad and improve the club,” he said. 

Newcastle will return home to McDonald Jones Stadium on the January 17 for their clash against Macarthur FC in hopes for their first win of the 2020/21 campaign.

“I think the big thing is making sure there is positivity around the club and around the town. And we’re heading int he right direction,” Deans said.

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