CEO Says

Robbie Middleby's Members and supporter weekly update from Jets HQ.

Last weekend our Members and supporters were treated to a fantastic game, with the Jets and Brisbane playing some really creative attacking football.

While it was disappointing not to get the three points, the team showed some encouraging signs and are adapting well to Gary-s (van Egmond) style of play.

Ben Kennedy took a heavy knock during the game and although he won-t play tonight, we hope he will recover in time for next week-s game against Victory back at home.

Our W-League team encountered a difficult game during their time in the Nation's Capital. Canberra is the benchmark team and greatly tested our side.

With a total of nine goals scored, last week-s Youth League game was an entertaining affair. Like their first team, the Roar is leading the competition and despite a gutsy performance, the Jets went down 6-3.

I would like to welcome Arthur Papas to the Newcastle Jets as our Head National Y-League coach. At only 31-years of age, Arthur has already achieved so much in the game and he brings a great deal of professionalism and direction to our young players.

It is the Newcastle Jets policy to produce as many local Northern NSW players as possible and Arthur is responsible for nurturing and developing these players to one day play in our first team.

On December 6 I will travel to Melbourne to participate in the FFA-s CEO-s meeting. This meeting will be a great space to discuss a wide variety of topics regarding all three grades and I look forward to giving you an update on that.

Our Members and supporters have created an incredible atmosphere at our home games this season. We have been overwhelmed with this support and it really gives the team a boost.

I hope you will all join us on the December 3 for our most exciting game to date, with Harry Kewell-s Melbourne Victory coming to Ausgrid Stadium.

With less than a week to go Team Newcastle has raised just under $6000 for Movember. I am really proud of the effort the boys have put in to in raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer and depression in men. Special mention goes to Ryan Griffiths and Jeremy Brockie, between them they have raised almost $2,000.

Today is White Ribbon Day and the Jets have joined this important campaign to stop men-s violence against women. Both the Jets and Adelaide United will wear white bootlaces tonight to show their support for White Ribbon Day.

Good luck to the first team for their game against Adelaide United tonight, to our Youth team on Saturday and a reminder our W-League game has been postponed this weekend due to the bad weather.

Robbie Middleby