Jets back for pre-season

The Newcastle Jets were back at Ray Watt Oval on Monday, for the first day of 2012/13 pre-season training.

The Newcastle Jets commenced 2012/13 pre-season training on Monday at Ray Watt Oval.

With coach Gary van Egmond away in Sydney this week doing a UEFA Pro Licence, assistant coaches Craig Deans and Bob Catlin officially welcomed the team back and along with Strength and Conditioning Coach Adam Waterson, put the group through their first session.

Scott Neville, Adam Taggart and Josh Brillante participated in the field session with Jets regulars Ryan Griffiths, Jacob Pepper, Taylor Regan and Michael Bridges, who is in the final stages of his contract negotiations with the Club.

Ruben Zadkovich, Nikolai Topor-Stanley, James Brown and Jobe Wheelhouse were in a rehab group and didn-t train with the main group.

“For Ruben and Nikolai, they finished last season injured, so we will manage their loads in these early weeks and ease them back into training,” Physiotherapist Robert Dingle said.

“Whilst after taking a number of conservative measures, we have decided to get Jobe-s toe operated on early next week.

“This operation will clean up the affected joint, which will set him back a month but will ensure he doesn-t have this ongoing problem with his foot next season.

“And with James Brown, he sprained his ankle at the back end of last season and we are assessing him and will work out when it is best for him to resume training with the group.”

Tiago Calvano has been given extra time to stay with his family in Brazil, whilst other new signings Craig Goodwin and Mark Birighitti also have extra time off before they join the team.