With the commencement of the 2015 Westfield FFA Cup approaching Newcastle defender Daniel Mullen says the team is looking forward to showing off the new-look Jets to their fans in their important clash with Perth Glory.
The Jets will face Perth for the second consecutive year at home in the FFA Cup when they take to the field against the Glory at Magic Park on Tuesday 11 August.
Mullen said that while the Glory got the upper-hand on the Jets last season, the team is already focused on the making sure they start the new season the right way in their first competitive match-up.
“The FFA Cup is obviously important as it’s our first proper match of the new campaign,” Mullen said.
“We got knocked out by the Glory in the first stage last year and we’ve got them again this year so all the boys are really looking forward to the match.
“It’s exciting for the club, exciting for the players and exciting for the fans, so we’re hoping a lot of our supporters get out there to see the new-look Jets.”
Jets attacking midfielder Mitch Cooper said that he is looking forward to taking to the field in the nationwide knockout competition after missing out last season.
“I missed out on playing in the FFA Cup last year through injury so I’m really looking forward getting on the park this time around,” Cooper said.
“We’ve drawn Perth Glory again and they’re going to be a hard team to beat but all we’re focused on is how we want to play and I’ve seen that already on the training paddock so I think we can give Perth a good run.”
Jets’ Cup quest to commence on August 11
Striker Radovan Pavicevic says every player is desperate to be in the starting line-up and showing it by putting in their best efforts on the training pitch.
“It’s our first competitive game of the season so we’re training hard to get ready for it and everybody wants to be in the starting line-up,” Pavicevic said.
One player who won’t be available for the match is new recruit Andy Brennan who is cup-tied after already playing in the competition for South Melbourne before his move to the Jets.
But while the versatile 22-year-old attacker is disappointed that he can’t play a part in the match, he knows that the squad has enough quality to get job done against Perth.
“It’s a great competition to be a part of and all boys are buzzing,” Brennan said.
“I got to play against Tuggeranong for South Hobart and it’s one of the best games I’ve played in.
“I know the boys are looking forward to it.”
FFA CUP: Jets to host Glory (again!) in round of 32
Tickets for the club’s round of 32 Westfield FFA Cup match against Perth Glory will go on sale soon via Ticketmaster.
Members are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets for the game at a discounted price. Subject to availability tickets will also be available at the gate on the night.