Photo: Jack Simmons (left), being presented with his shirt for the FFA National Youth Championships for Boys 2016 by Andrew Hoole.
Warners Bay Emerging Jets player, Jack Simmons, has been named in the Australian Joeys squad that is travelling today on their way to Thailand as they ramp up preparations for this month’s AFF U-15 Youth Championships.
Simmons, an Emerging Jet since 2012, is part of Coach Tony Vidmar’s 23-player squad for the tournament which begins on July 9.
The entire squad will have a pre-tournament training camp in Bangkok for four days before heading to Chonburi on Friday ahead of the championships.
“It’s the first time these players will be playing together in Asia so it will be a massive learning curve for them,” Vidmar said.
“They’ll be playing in tough conditions and have a match every 2nd day.
“This should prepare them for the qualifiers [2018 AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers] in September.
“We will create a very challenging environment to see which players can stand up to the rigours of international football.”
The Joeys are in Group A alongside host nation Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and Singapore.
The event is a lead up tournament to the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers taking place in September.
The 23-player Joeys squad:
George Antonis, Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Alexander Bonetig, Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Noah Botic, Sydney Olympic FC
Brodie Boyce, QAS / Brisbane Roar FC
Navarone Darjani, Wollongong Wolves FC
Stephan De Robillard, Marconi Stallions FC
Luke Duzel, Melbourne City FC
Isaac Hovar, Marconi Stallions FC
Oliver Kalac, Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Birkan Kirdar, Melbourne Victory FC
Jaiden Kucharski, Sydney FC
Thomas Main, Sydney FC
Dalibor Markovic, Marconi Stallions FC
Mark Natta, Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Trent Ostler, Perth Glory FC
Adam Pavlesic, Sydney FC
Lachlan Sepping, Marconi Stallions FC
Jamie Signorello, SA NTC
Jack Simmons, Emerging Jets FC
Giovanni Stellitano, Melbourne City FC
Ryan Teague, Sydney FC
Joshua Varga, Nunawading City FC
Riley Warland, Perth Glory FC