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Rob Stanton: There are still goals to kick for the Jets

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We’ve had a busy couple of weeks, away from the field, with the re-signing of Mark Natta and Nathan Grimaldi, both on two-year extensions, and hot on the heels of Thomas Aquilina opting to stick around, too.

They are terrific kids.

Mark’s done really well this season and received a lot of attention.

He’s also part of the Olyroos set-up.

Nathan’s a new player to this level after State League and the Academy.

He’s enjoyed some good exposure as well in 2023/24.

They work really hard at training… and I can see them going onto bigger and better things in the future.

On the paddock, we’re equally keen to win football games.

In fact, that’s how we’re judged in this competition isn’t it, by our results.

But, we’ve got a few more home matches up our sleeve, so it’s important to string together consecutive victories.

Newcastle’s focus is to win a few more games, build that confidence, keep progressing and maintain pressure on the other sides.

Rob Stanton

We’re now at that part of the season where wins are hard for all teams.

However, if you can get on a roll, you can rise up the ladder quickly.

Consistency is the key moving forward, especially as the A-League’s very competitive.

Even if the squads look lop-sided on paper, when it comes to game time, most matches are going down to the wire.

I guess that’s why the salary cap is there, to make it a level playing field.

But, from what I’ve seen, it’s getting harder and harder to prevail, no matter where you’re placed on the table.

So, Newcastle’s focus is to win a few more games, build that confidence, keep progressing and maintain pressure on the other sides.

Currently, there’s a handful of teams within three or four points of each other, so there’s not a lot in it.

A victory here and there certainly changes the picture.

And, that’s the message I’m giving the boys.

If we can win the big moments in games, it opens more opportunities to come away triumphant.

So, I just want to make sure we compete for the full 90-odd minutes, without the lapses, find some consistency and then use that as a springboard to build even further down the track.

  • FOOTNOTE: Since the column was written, the Jets have also re-signed Clayton Taylor in another boost for the club.

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