What Newcastle Jets need to change for next season

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It was a rollercoaster season for Newcastle Jets with plenty of highs and plenty of lows, so here at The Football Sack we want to share some insight as to what the Jets could do to improve for the 2022/23 season.

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Finishing in ninth-place may seem bad to some, but it was actually one of Newcastle’s best campaigns in recent years, especially in terms of goals scored. The Jets managed a whopping 45 goals throughout the season, the third highest in the league.

With so many goals scored, stats may say the men in gold should have finished higher on the ladder and maybe even have made finals, however, conceding 43 goals is where their season came undone.

The obvious issue for Newcastle throughout the season was their defence.

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A combination of a new playing group, miscommunication and silly mistakes all contributed to the Jets’ inability to match their incredible attack with their lacklustre defence.

Newcastle captain Matt Jurman, Jordan Elsey and Jason Hoffman were at the forefront of the Jets’ defensive line and faced plenty of criticism throughout the season due to poor performance. Keeper Jack Duncan also played a role in Newcastle’s poor defence throughout the season, with the highest number of goals conceded since the team’s 2016/17 campaign.

With a defence as strong as their attack, Newcastle Jets could be unstoppable and make themselves strong finals contenders next season.

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Another area that will need to be looked at is recruitment and retaining talent.

Before the start of this season, the Jets signed a whopping 14 new players and had a complete coaching staff overhaul with the appointment of Arthur Papas as head coach. Some of the side’s best signings this season included Beka Mikeltadze, Daniel Penha, Olivier Boumal, Sammy Silvera and Dane Ingham.

With confirmation that some of Newcastle’s best playmakers and new signings will already be moving on, it will be key for the side to replace their losses with talent that’s just as good.

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The Jets have already announced that the likes of Taylor Regan, Dylan Murnane, Savvas Siatravanis, Olivier Boumal and Valentino Yuel will not be re-signing with the club. With some big names departing, there is big shoes to fill for the Jets before next season begins.

Matching the talent they’re losing will be key for Newcastle to continue on their upward climb that began at the beginning of this season. Retaining young talent like Archie Goodwin is also a good first step in maintaining the foundation they have begun to build.

With Arthur Papas re-signing and staying on as head coach, there is hope for the Jets going into next season. After completely overhauling the team’s playing style and building momentum that has been lacking in recent years, Papas is the man to keep the Jets propelling forward.

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Although it was a mixed bag of results for Newcastle this season, they showed at times just how competitive they can be and their ability to compete with teams at the top of the ladder.

It will be crucial for the Jets to keep the momentum they gained this season going, to continue moving forward and climbing their way up the ladder.

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Grace Clegg
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Communication (News Media and PR) at the University of Newcastle. Coffee addict.

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