Westfield W-League Newcastle Jets Head Coach Craig Deans has again placed a strong vote of support in homegrown talent signing eight (8) locals to his 2016/17 squad.
Cassidy Davis, Brooke Miller, Claire Coelho, Clare Wheeler, Elizabeth Copus-Brown, Sophie Nenadovic, Jenna Kingsley and Rhali Dobson were all members of Deans’ 2015/16 squad who will make their return to the side this season.
Davis, Copus-Brown, Kingsley and Dobson have just wrapped up their season playing locally in the Herald Women’s Premier League, whilst Miller, Coelho, Wheeler and Nenadovic played the 2016 winter in Sydney in the Women’s PlayStation 4 National Premier League.
The eight will now reunite as Jets club mates and form an integral part of Dean’s side for the upcoming season.
“As a group, they bring a diverse range of skills and experience to the side and all have matured in both attitude and ability since last season,” Deans said of his selections.
“We have some real talent amongst these girls, as evidenced by Sophie and Clare’s (Wheeler) selection in the Young Matilda’s camp next week.”
“They are enthusiastic and really keen to get back together as a squad and this has been evident in their training so far.”
“The girls who have played in Sydney were eager to get back into Newcastle colours, whilst all of the WPL players are backing up from a big year with Rhali instrumental in Adamstown’s Premiership win, Libby and Jenna featuring in Wallsend’s Grand Final side, as did Cassidy in Warners Bay’s Grand Final squad who took out the WPL Grand Final,” Deans said.
“They are coming into the Jets side on a real high after their respective domestic competitions and I’m confident this will be a real positive for the side,” Deans concluded.
Westfield W-League Jets fans have the chance to welcome the girls back when they participate in the Jets Family Fan Zone activities at Wallarah Oval this Sunday at 3pm prior to the Hyundai A-League Jets first home game against Adelaide United.
The Jets women face two games on the road in Melbourne to start their season, facing Melbourne City on November 6 and then Melbourne Victory on November 13. The sides’ first home game will be at Hunter Stadium against Perth Glory on November 20.