Gibbs looking forward to learning from Heskey

Joey Gibbs says he plans to learn as much as he can from Jets marquee Emile Heskey, who returns to training this week.

Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets striker Joey Gibbs says he plans to learn as much as he can from Jets marquee Emile Heskey, when the former England international returns to training on Friday.

Fresh from scoring a brace in the Jets- 5-2 trial match win over Mounties Wanderers on Wednesday, Gibbs said he is determined to soak up as much information as he can about the striker position from the former English Premier League star.

“All you can do is try and learn as much from him as possible,” Gibbs said.

“He-s played at the top level for 15 years or something like that, so he knows just about all there is to know.

“It will be great just to meet him and watch him in training everyday.”

Gibbs found the back of the net with a left-footed volley and a right-footed drive from the edge of the area against Mounties, taking his tally to three goals in four pre-season fixtures for the Jets.

The striker said he is hoping to continue the rich vein of form.

“I think goal scoring is a habit and no matter who you-re playing against, you want to score,” Gibbs said.

“Scoring goals builds confidence and it was good to get two last night.”

After joining the Jets from Western Sydney Wanderers during the off-season, Gibbs said he is steadily starting to build on-field chemistry with his new teammates.

“It-s a long pre-season and the first part of it involved a lot of conditioning and general fitness work,” he said.

“Now we-re actually getting into games and working on those combinations and I think we-re starting to build some chemistry.

“All the boys from the Socceroos are back and Emile arrives this week as well, so it will be good to have a full squad here to work on those combinations.

“It also means there will be competition for places, which I think boosts the level of training because everyone is trying to nail down a spot.”