Zenon Caravella says he is excited to get a full pre-season under his belt after being a late addition to the Jets last season.
Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets midfielder Zenon Caravella says he is excited to get a full pre-season with his Jets teammates under his belt after being a late addition to the Club last season.
Caravella joined the Jets from Adelaide United in Round 18 and played eight matches for Newcastle at the back end of the 2012/13 A-League season.
The technically gifted central midfielder impressed many with the immediate impact he made for the Jets.
Caravella said he is looking forward to the opportunity to work on building more chemistry with his Jets teammates during the pre-season after only playing a handful of matches last season.
“When I came to the Jets I-d only just started playing games again, so I didn-t really want to stop, but that wasn-t to be with us missing out on the finals,” Caravella said.
“In saying that, the break was good as well, just to freshen up and get ready for this season.
“It-s going to be very helpful to have a whole pre-season with this group of players.
“There-s a lot more time we can spend together now getting to know each other-s games a bit more and how each individual plays.
“It also gives me the chance to get to know everyone on a personal level, which I think is important.”
The majority of the Jets squad was on deck for the first week of Jets pre-season training, which started on Monday.
Caravella said the Jets wasted no time hitting the ground running in order to prepare for their Round 1 A-League clash with Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.
“We want to be fit for the season,” Caravella said.
“We-ve got plenty of time to do that, but we want to train hard now so we have a good platform to build on during the pre-season.
“It-s great to be back into training and I think everyone is already really, really looking forward to the season.”
Caravella said the Jets were drawing motivation from their disappointing end to last season, which saw them eliminated from the finals race in the last game of the season.
“Everyone wants to be part of the finals come the end of the year, that-s what you work hard for throughout the season,” Caravella said.
“I think it-s something that should be in the mind of all the players in our team, and it is.
“You-ve just got to come here everyday and train for the fact that we start in four months, make sure you-re ready for it.
“You-ve just got to have that in your mind so you-re ready for the first game of the season.”