Flores targetting F3 Derby return

Newcastle Jets playmaker Marcos Flores has set his sights on being ready for the Jets’ opening match of the season.

Newcastle Jets playmaker Marcos Flores has set his sights on being ready for the Jets- opening match of the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season against his former Club the Central Coast Mariners.

Flores is recovering from an ruptured anterior cruciate ligament he sustained playing for the Jets- F3 Derby rivals last Hyundai A-League season, but is confident of returning stronger than ever when the Jets kick-off their campaign at Bluetongue Stadium.

“It-s going really well, it-s five months after my operation and I-ve spoken with the Club-s medical staff and everyone is confident that they can help me to be back on the park and ready for the first game,” Flores said.

“They will tell me which steps I have to follow, but my objective is to be healthy for that first game against the Mariners.”

Flores described signing for the Jets as a very special moment in his life and football career.

“When a club shows as much faith in you as the Jets did, you don-t need to think twice,” Flores explained

“I-m really happy and grateful that one Club has shown such faith in me and it was a really easy decision for myself.

“It-s not crazy to say that signing with the Jets is one of the most special days in my life and football career.

“I can-t describe in English what I felt to be honest. I told the Club that you perform your best when people show you faith.

“The Jets have given me something more important than money and that is faith.

I will pay it back, I-ve promised my friends in Argentina, I-ve promised my family and now I-m ready to work hard and be available to come back stronger than ever.”

Flores said he is looking forward to once again working with Jets head coach Phil Stubbins and giving Newcastle an added spark in the attacking third.

“Phil is someone who knows me from my first day in Australia when I couldn-t speak any words in English,” Flores said.

“He showed confidence in my from day one and when he signed at the Jets I thought that could be the last little push for the Club to be convinced that I could help the team.

“Phil knows I am a playmaker who likes to play forward and he told me he knows what he needs to do with me to get the best out of me.

“If I find myself healthy and my body is strong, I will do good things in attack and I will help the team.”