Newcastle Jets Westfield W-League head coach Craig Deans has finalised his 2016/17 squad with the addition of Washington Spirit stars, Megan Oyster and Kelsey Wys.
Oyster, 24, returns after an amazing season last year with the Newcastle Jets, with outstanding performances at the back, culminating in her being named Westfield Player of the Match in Round 9 against Melbourne City.
With the Jets just missing out on the finals last year, Oyster is determined to bring the team into finals contention this year.
“We were so close last year to making the playoffs and I know that now, with another year of experience for this young team, we will have a better chance of achieving that goal to make the finals this season. I also hope to learn more from Craig about the centre back position and continue to develop my own game.”
“The second my Jets season ended last year, I was looking forward to coming back! I love the girls, coaching staff, fans, the city of Newcastle and of course the football! It was so much fun and I cannot wait to do it all over again!” Oyster said excitingly.
Deans can’t wait to have Oyster back in the team after such a great season last year.
“Megan fits in well with the team and the other girls, having been here last year she knows our style and the way we want to play and it’s important to have someone back that can fit in straight away.”
“All of her attributes on the field are something we wanted to have back this year after her performance last year,” Deans said.
Wys, 25, has been playing with Washington Spirit for two seasons. Previously she had played for the Western New York Flash for a season and has been involved in multiple youth National team events and camps.
This will be her first time playing abroad and she is looking forward to getting started after a much-needed rest following the National Women’s Soccer League (NSWL) season.
“I’m excited to get started with the Jets this season as my goals are to broaden my playing skill by adding an overseas experience.”
“I have heard nothing but great things about the city of Newcastle and the team. I am so grateful to the coaches and staff of the Jets for making this opportunity possible for me,” Wys said.
Wys comes in as replacement for young gun Hannah Southwell, who is taking a year off football and coach Deans believes she will be more than capable to fill the role.
“With the loss of Hannah, we thought that it was important to have good competition for the goalkeeping spot. It’s an important area of the pitch and it will play a big part in us continuing to improve on last season.”
“Kelsey will bring a lot of experience to the backline after coming off a strong season with Washington Spirit and with having a good relationship with Megan. I’m expecting that after playing alongside her all year, they will bring a lot of strength in the back, so I’m really looking forward to seeing exactly what they can collectively add to the team,” Deans said.