Newcastle Jets forward Jeronimo Neumann says he is ready to make his debut for the Club in Wednesday’s trial match against Weston Bears FC at Rockwell Automation Park, if called upon by head coach Phil Stubbins.
Jeronimo joined his new teammates for his first training session in Jets colours on Tuesday morning, and the 28-year-old Argentine said he was hoping for some time on the park against the NNSW NPL outfit.
“I want to play and I’m ready to play,” Jeronimo said.
“I had a game last Friday night for Adelaide (against Spanish La Liga side Malaga CF), so I’m ready if the coach wants me in the team.”
Jeronimo said he mad up his mind to make the move to Newcastle after speaking to Phil Stubbins and asking his former Adelaide United teammates about the new Jets head coach.
“Phil spoke to me and told me he wanted me here in Newcastle and that he need a player in my position,” Jeronimo explained.
“From the moment the coach came to me, I didn’t have to think two seconds about it, I made the decision straight away.
“Some of my ex-teammates in Adelaide had Phil as their coach and they told me his a very good coach, a good person and they said good things about him, so that helped my decision.”
Jeronimo said he had been made to feel very welcome by his new teammates and the Club’s staff since arriving in Newcastle.
“I’m very happy,” Jeronimo said.
“All of my teammates, the coach and all the staff have been very kind and polite with me, so I’m very excited to start and I have a lot of expectation of course.
“Every player wants to make the first XI, that’s very important.
“The thing I felt when I spoke with the coach was the confidence he has in me and I think that’s really important for a footballer.
“If I have confidence I think and I hope I can help the team.”
Jeronimo said he was looking forward to linking up with fellow Argentine and Jets playmaker Marcos Flores in the attacking third.
“I know Marcos, because he is from Argentina also and we’ve spoken a couple of times before,” he said.
“My whole career I’ve played as a striker, similar to a number nine, but I like to play facing forward and not so much with my back to goal.
“I hope he’ll help me and put balls through for me to try to score goals.”