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Jets star Grozos keen for A-League to capitalise on Matildas success

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Newcastle Jets star Kosta Grozos is confident the Matildas’ success can flow through to all levels of the game, including the A-League Men’s.

As the Hunter club prepares for its Round of 32 Australia Cup clash with the Brisbane Roar at the Maitland Regional Sportsground on Monday 14 August, the talented midfielder admitted he was keeping a close eye on the Aussie girls, too.

The Tony Gustafsson-coached national side faces its toughest test of the FIFA Women’s World Cup this weekend when it tackles France in the quarter-final at Brisbane Stadium on Saturday.

And, Grozos is backing them all the way.

Newcastle Jets star Kosta Grozos fronts the media at Maitland during the week. Photo: Rod Thompson

“The Matildas are doing great things at the moment, which benefits football overall,” he said.

“I watched them play the other day with my partner and a few friends.

“Just the atmosphere and seeing all the people out there supporting the country, and the women especially, it’s fantastic.

“Hopefully, that flow-on effect filters down to the A-League as well.

“We’re even talking about the Matildas at training, it’s a topic all the time.

“Often, you hear the boys say: ‘how good was that game?’

“To be honest, I know quite a few of us, about 10 or 12, have attended their matches and supported the girls.

“While the profile of the sport is high, we’ve got to play our part, too.

“That means securing a few early wins in the season, even in the Australia Cup competition.

“So, if we can beat Brisbane on Monday night, and progress further in it [tournament], I’m sure we’ll see the community come together for the Jets and we’ll attract more fans.”

Grozos remains confident the Matildas can topple the fifth-ranked France on home soil.

“The girls have shown they can do anything,” he told the Newcastle Weekly.

“When they had to win the last match of the group stage without Sam Kerr, they beat Canada 4-0.

“I was hoping to see that until I realised it was in Brisbane,” he added with a laugh.

“But, then they followed it up with a 2-0 victory over Denmark.

“I don’t see why they can’t eliminate France either… to be the best team in the world, you’ve got to beat the best sides.

“And, they’re doing a good job.”

Kosta Grozos. Photo: Rod Thompson

Grozos, who’s been a key member of the Newcastle squad since 2021/22, is excited about the future of the Jets under new coach Rob Stanton… in the Australia Cup and A-League Men’s formats.

Despite conceding two goals in the second half, the Jets prevailed 4-2 – at the expense of the Melbourne Victory – in the penalty shootout to set up the showdown with the Roar.

“There’s plenty of optimism around the club,” he said.

“We’ve assembled a younger line-up this year, which just means we’ve got some more energy.

“However, it still requires a lot of hard work as well.

“We’ve got heaps of improvement left in us.

“The Jets haven’t made the finals for the past two or three seasons.

“But, we’re heading in the right direction.

“The program’s starting to bear fruit [here].

“As for myself, I want to help the team do as well as it can.

“And, if we can string a few wins together early, it’s a good start.”

Tickets for Monday’s clash, which kicks off at 7.30pm, are now on sale.

Meanwhile, Maitland City Council will set-up the big screen once again, at the Maitland Regional Sportsground, to broadcast the Matildas’ quarter-final clash.

Gates open at 4.30pm on Saturday 12 August for a 5pm start.

Entry to the family-friendly, alcohol-free event is free.

Dogs are not permitted.

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