Jets playmaker Marcos Flores has issued a heartfelt rally cry ahead of Newcastle's clash with local rivals the Mariners this weekend, describing it as the most important week of the club's season.
The Jets host local rivals Central Coast Mariners in the F3 derby on Sunday in what is looming as a season-defining games for both clubs.
Despite a morale-boosting 1-1 draw against Western Sydney Wanderers FC last weekend, the Jets remain win-less this season while the Mariners have one victory from the first derby back in Round 1.
The Jets' last clash at Hunter Stadium saw them humbled 4-0 by fellow strugglers Brisbane Roar FC and Flores declared it’s time to make amends.
“I will tell you, this is going to be the most important week in our year,” Flores told reporters on Tuesday.
“I texted Sammy Gallagher before he come to training today to see if he’s going to be ready for the most important week of the year.
“It’s a derby, we want to get our first three points. The last performance in front of our home supporters was the worst we have seen.
“We performed okay against the Wanderers now it’s time to shine at our home and we have to put a fight out there if we want to win.”
Flores underlined his importance to the Jets with a starring performance on the weekend, showing his quality in the middle of the park and scoring the equalizer which won his side a point.
After a difficult year which saw him rupture his ACL and then be released from the Mariners before getting a lifeline in Newcastle, Flores is now looking ahead.
“I live life with three words, ‘life goes on’,” the Argentine playmaker said.
“Now I’ve overcome my injury, 10 months on if you told me I would have live this challenge that I’m living now in this club I could take the injury because things happen for a reason.
“We’re building something that in my point of view with support of everyone who works in the office of Newcastle Jets, every member…we will get there.
"It’s tough but we are men and we’re ready for the fight.”