Photo: Kobie Ferguson playing for Emerging Jets (Credit: Ryan Osland / Newcastle Herald)

Newcastle Jets coach Craig Deans has continued to look local with his latest players announcements for Season 8.

Six teenagers from the Emerging Jets have been rewarded for strong seasons in the program with midfielders Ashlee Brodigan, Kobie Ferguson and Clare Wheeler, backs Brooke Miller, Sophie Nenadovic and goalkeeper Hannah Southwell added to the Jets 20 player squad.

Wheeler, Miller, Nenadovic and Southwell return for another crack at the W-League while Brodigan and Ferguson are set for debut seasons with the Hunter side.

The six are part of the Hunter regions re-emergence on the national stage with Ferguson, Wheeler, Miller, Nenadovic and Southwell all part of the recent Young Matildas AFC U19 championships campaign while Brodigan has been called up to national team camps in the past year.

With plenty of regional youth in the team, Deans is aiming to balance that with some Australian and international experience, particular following the losses of capped Matildas Emily van Egmond, Hayley Crawford and Amber Neilson.

While last season's American trio of Tori Huster, Angela Salem and Katherine Reynolds are unlikely to return, Deans is still looking to the United States to complement his side.

‘‘I want people with a good mentality and attitude, who come out here because they want to improve themselves as footballers,’’ Deans told the Newcastle Herald.

‘‘Also people with a good level of professionalism to make sure they’re coming in as the main players.’’

‘‘I want the younger girls to learn from them.’’

Newcastle commenced their pre-season last week in preparation for their season opener against defending premiers Perth Glory on 24 October 2015.