A roster full of local talent, Newcastle is hoping that homegrown youth can propel them forward.
A club that has never seen the W-League Grand Final and only making the semifinals twice has created the least amount of noise with their signees.
They lost Emily van Egmond to Melbourne City and have no international players on their roster.
The most well known names the Jets have are Gema Simon and Larissa Crummer. Unfortunately, it does not look like Crummer will be able to make an immediate impact since she is still nursing a broken leg.
The club returns a majority of their roster from a season ago, which will help with team chemistry. However last year’s team did finish in seventh place with a 5-1-6 record.
WHAT DID WE LEARN FROM LAST SEASON?
An overall underwhelming season after making the semifinals in 2017-18, the Newcastle Jets will hope they can get back to a top tier team.
Not all of last season was a loss, especially not in the final weeks of play. The Jets finished the year strong winning three of their final four games with one of those victories over last year’s runner-up, Perth Glory.
Not to mention those wins were after Katie Stengel, Taylor Smith and van Egmond succumbed to injuries. Their local, younger players had to step up and they did just that.
Head coach Craig Deans is highlighting his team’s accomplishments late in the season and looking for his young players to step up again.
“I think the positives from the season were when we lost multiple players to injury and all of the young players that came in performed really, really well,” he says.
“So that was a nice thing to see and they are all local Newcastle girls that came and filled in. So I feel like as a club that is certainly a positive.”
If Newcastle can keep the same efficiency from those players they may surprise some people this year.