Jets to play the Heart this Friday

On Friday night the Newcastle Jets travel to Latrobe City Sports and Entertainment Stadium to take on Melbourne Heart.

On Friday night the Newcastle Jets travel to Latrobe City Sports and Entertainment Stadium to take on Melbourne Heart.

After playing a number of pre-season games against local sides, this will be a chance for the Jets to gauge where they are at with less than two months until the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League season kicks off.

Not only is this the first hit out for the Jets against an A-League side, it is also an opportunity for the Jets to assess their Round 1 opponent of the season proper.

“The match will be a good experience for the squad and our coaching staff to gain a valuable insight into Melbourne-s playing style and form. Hopefully we-ll learn what to expect for the season ahead,” coach Branko Culina said.

Jason Culina, Kasey Wehrman and Chris Payne are among the Jets unavailable for this pre-season game against the Heart.

At this stage, Ben Kantarovski and Nikolai Topor-Stanley have been named in the team to travel to Victoria on Thursday.

Team (subject to change): Ben Kennedy, Taylor Regan, Nikolai Topor- Stanley, Tiago Calvano, Ben Kantarovski, Jeremy Brockie, Ruben Zadkovich, Tarek Elrich, Jobe Wheelhouse, Byun, Labinot Haliti, James Virgili, Marko Jesic, Matt Nash, Ali Abbas, Ryan Griffiths.

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In other news, the Jets have this week surpassed 6,500 members and each week are getting closer to their 10,000 member target.

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