A-League Fantasy preview: Newcastle Jets

The Jets have a new coach and a new frontline but will they fire in 2014/15? The Scout casts their eyes over a squad desperate to return to the finals.

Newcastle Jets

Team overview/chances for season ahead:

New coach Phil Stubbins has added some quality players to his squad, especially in the front third with Marcos Flores, Jeronimo Neumann and Ecuadorian striker Edson Montano.

But it’s in midfield and defence where the Jets could be really tested, with a host of injuries disrupting their pre-season. It’s lead to them re-signing Zenon Caravella** on the eve of the season.

Will fancy themselves to cause a few shocks throughout the season but hard to see the Jets seriously challenge for a top sixth berth.

Player price list:

Birighitti

G

$297,000

Neumann

F

$287,000

Flores

M

$284,000

Griffiths

F

$264,000

Neville

D

$250,000

Jaliens

D

$243,000

Montano Angulo

F

$235,000

Gallaway

D

$230,000

Carney

M

$217,000

Regan

D

$195,000

Kennedy

G

$149,000

Pepper

M

$141,000

Hoole

M

$129,000

Steele

M

$118,000

Celeski

M

$111,000

Madaschi

D

$107,000

Kantarovski

M

$105,000

Gallagher

D

$94,000

Barresi

M

$91,000

Cooper

M

$91,000

Lundy

F

$91,000

Solari

G

$91,000

Virgili

F

$91,000

     

**Zenon Caravella to be added  

Star Man:

Jeronimo Neumann($287,000)

The Argentine attacker is a proven goal-scorer in the Hyundai A-League and will relish linking up with fellow South Americans Flores and Montano. If the Jets are to break their drought and make the finals for the first time in five seasons, a lot of it could come down Jeronimo’s goals and creativity.

Bargain Buy:

Jonny Steele ($118,000)

With a wealth of midfield talent leaving the Jets at the end of last season, a huge amount of responsibility will fall on the shoulders of the all-action Northern Irishman. Like his name suggests, Steele will add some grunt to the Jets’ midfield and if his performances in pre-season are anything to go by, he is one to watch in the up-coming campaign. 

Likely starting XI: (4-2-3-1)

Mark Birighitti (GK), Scott Neville, Kew Jaliens, Adrian Madaschi, David Carney, Billy Celeski, Jonny Steele, Marcos Flores, Jeronimo Neumann, Edson Montano, Joel Griffiths

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