Marko Jesic's pre-season campaign, in his own words, has been his best to date...
Marko Jesic's pre-season campaign, in his own words, has been his best to date, with high praise from the soccer community for his instrumental role in the Newcastle Jets pre-season performances and unselfish support shown to his teammates.
With the striker cementing his place within the team over the past six months, proving the best is yet to come for 22-year old, he was forced to sit out the Round 1 game against Melbourne Heart due to a sprained ankle.
“Marko has come along in leaps and bounds over the last six months, playing some really good football," interim coach Craig Deans said.
“This season will be one where he will see just how far he can push himself, and I am sure he will see the results on the field."
No stranger to coming back from injury, having undergone three knee constructions by the age of 21, Jesic-s outlook and determination is key to keeping him on the field.
“He came close to playing against the Heart but neither of us wanted him to play at 99 per cent and let the rest of his teammates down, which is something I commend him for," Deans added.
“The training sessions have gone according to plan this week and we should know by Friday if he will make the trip with us to take on Wellington.”
Buoyed by the Jets win over the Heart during the opener to the Hyundai A-League season, Jesic is more motivated than ever to rejoin his teammates for the trip over the Tasman Sea.
“My recovery has been really good, I have been back training with the boys this week and everything feels 100 per cent," Jesic said.
"I-m hoping to get on the field against Wellington Phoenix but at the end of the day it-s up to Deans, so we will have to wait and see.
"As with any injury, be it minor or serious, it is listening to your body that has been a proven factor when it comes being fully fit to get back into the game. My focus is now to keep myself injury free, if I get on the pitch against Wellington I hope to play to the best of my ability.
“I want to help out the boys where ever I can, maybe even score a goal but hopefully continue our winning streak."
With such a solid pre-season behind them and one win from one, both Deans and Jesic look forward to the up and coming clash, as they go up against Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.