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Shane Mattiske: Jets’ on-field performances bode well for future

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Well, we’ve reached the end of another A-League Men’s (ALM) and A-League Women’s (ALW) season.

2023/24 has really been the basis for launching a new era of the club.

We brought in a coach (Rob Stanton) for the men’s squad and we really focused a lot more on young local talent… and young talent more generally.

In fact, we’ve consistently been the youngest team in the league.

Newcastle Jets boss Shane Mattiske.

We concentrated on life under Rob’s leadership, as well as playing an attacking style of football that we know our fans like.

And, it did take a little bit of time for that to click and establish a way to compete strongly and succeed.

But, I believe it certainly came through in the back half this year.

We were one of the form teams over the final rounds… we made life difficult for some of the top sides like Melbourne City and Wellington.

So, in terms of performance and our ability to compete with the best clubs, you can see what transpired during that period.

That bodes well for next season.

I know there’s a lot of excitement about this team and the talent we have, as well as the opportunity to see more local youngsters in action.

As for the women’s side, it’s been a breakout year for the ALW girls and Ryan Campbell.

Again, we’ve got some great talent that’s come into that outfit but we’ve also enjoyed some terrific leadership under captain Cassidy Davis.

She has a fantastic pedigree here as a local junior, who’s progressed through the ranks and is now leading this team.

Cassidy holds the record for most number of consecutive games and is on her way to playing a record number of ALW matches, too.

Then you have the likes of Emma Dundas, Zoe Karipidis, Milan Hammond and Tiahna Robertson.

So, there’s great, exciting talent coming through that boasts a strong connection to this region.

The girls have demonstrated they are a finals team, which we already knew.

However, it also reflects that women’s football is massive here in Newcastle.

Look at the area in terms of the development of Matildas, going right back to Cheryl Salisbury.

It’s brilliant to see this new crop emerging and witnessing them in “gold” playing in finals this year.

We’re confident we’re on the right track now… and ready to launch the Jets with both highly-competitive men’s and women’s teams.

Bring on 2024/25.

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