Newcastle Jets boss Scott Miller says it’s vital the club bolsters their roster in the January transfer window after a seventh straight Hyundai A-League game without a win.
The Jets were held to a goalless draw at home to Adelaide United on Friday night to ensure they will remain outside the top six after the weekend.
Left-back Lee Ki-Je’s decision to leave the club this week for a move a move to Ulsan Hyundai means Miller has some money to spend to improve the squad for the second half of the season.
“We’re looking forward to that. The phone’s already ringing,” Miller told Fox Sports.
“But we’re very clear that it’s not a stop-gap, it’s one for the future and we need to rebuild.
“We’ll be looking for someone that can commit to the club for at least 18 months. We need that extra quality and support for the club’s culture at the moment.
“…We can’t afford to go out there and buy big players with big names and I’m very happy and content to give young players such as [Ryan] Kitto and [Braedyn] Crowley and opportunity in the A-League,” he added.
After their mauling at the hands of Melbourne City last Sunday, Miller was happy his side got back to their defensive best against the in-form Reds.
The return of skipper Nigel Boogaard was huge for the home side, while ‘keeper Mark Birighitti came up with a host of crucial saves.
“It’s a hard challenge at the moment, we need to score more goals but we know where we’re at,” the Jets boss said.
“We’re on 13 points now and it’s a positive for us to a degree.
“We’ve proven we can score we just need to continue that and it’s a good foundation tonight. A clean sheet is important.
“Next week’s another huge challenge and a clean sheet against Western Sydney will be a massive focus and a big contribution to the season.”
Boogaard was immense at the back for the Jets but was disappointed they didn’t ask more questions of Adelaide in attack.
“We have to better, it’s not good enough for us at home in front of our home supporters, if we’re realistic we get a draw against a good team but it’s not good enough for us going forward,” he said.
“It’s good that we’re not conceding but we have to be better in possession to give our front four an opportunity to really put them [Adelaide] on the back foot.
“I don’t think we’re too far away from getting a result. We had some great chances, we just need to take them…we need to improve for us to be realistically there or thereabouts at the end of the year, we have to be better.”