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Rob Stanton: Jets need strong showing from fans at home


What a ride it has been so far.

But, I’m glad that the A-League Men’s (ALM) season is finally here… and we are underway in 2023/24.

Since I’ve arrived in Newcastle, I’ve endured a whirlwind journey.

However, I have also loved every bit of it, with everyone greeting me with open arms.

My assistant Damir Prodanovic and I have been made to feel hugely welcomed into the community so far.

So, we thank you for your support.

From a Jets’ perspective, we’ve had a long pre-season bonding together as a team – about 16 weeks – and I know that my staff and I are relived to kick off the campaign at long last.

Already, we’re two games in and we’re excited to show the Newcastle crowd that we have assembled a squad that plays for and represents them.

We want to excite our fans and play attractive football in a way that represents what the former steel city is about.

Newcastle boasts a highly-talented young roster.

And, as a coach, that scenario thrills me.

There is plenty of potential in our ranks to mould into polished, consistent first grade players.

Add to that the experience of skipper Brandon O’Neill, Jets favourite Jason Hoffman, Jason Berthomier and Carl Jenkinson, and we possess the nucleus of a really strong line-up.

I can’t wait for the season ahead.

After two rounds into the current campaign, which featured fighting performances from the boys in both fixtures, I strongly encourage the Newcastle community to get behind us and back this team.

We want to play for you.

Most importantly, we want this side to represent this city.

We have some important fixtures coming up with a double-header at McDonald Jones Stadium on 5 November against the Western Sydney Wanderers.

That special occasion will also allow the Jets to showcase the ALW, too.

On top of that, we have a home F3 derby against our long-time rivals, the Central Coast Mariners, on 25 November.

So, we need a strong showing from our local fans to help us in what is a key game in our season.

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