Jets working hard in build-up to Rockets clash

Ryan Griffiths says the Jets have been training intensely in the build-up to their match against the Canberra Rockets.

Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets forward Ryan Griffiths says the Jets have been worked hard in training during their preparation for Wednesday night-s trial match against the Canberra Rockets at McKellar Park.

The Jets have had two training sessions at the Australian Institute of Sport since their arrival in Canberra on Monday and Griffiths believes they are on track for a strong performance on Wednesday night.

“Training has been really intense,” he said.

“We shook the cobwebs out during the first session down here, getting used to the cold weather and the firmer, faster pitch.

“We worked really hard during today-s session and I think what Gary is trying to do is make us tired, and make sure we have our heads switched on even when we are fatigued.

“I think it-s something that the boys have been embracing while they-re down here.”

Griffiths said he will be looking to use Wednesday-s match to continue building chemistry with fullback Scott Neville on the right flank.

“It-s good to establish those combinations early on and that-s what the pre-season is all about,” he said.

“For a winger like myself the combinations are with the midfielder on that side of the park as well as the wingback.

“So far I-m linking up fairly well with Scott Neville and we just need to make sure we progress from that and continue to get better.”

Newcastle are taking on a Canberra Rockets team made-up of the best players from the ACT Premier League competition and Griffiths said the Jets certainly wouldn-t be talking their opposition lightly.

“It-s about the way we approach the game and I think we-re all aware of how good the Rockets will be and we know they-ll give us a tough test,” he said.

“It-s about how we want to play and how we keep the possession.

“We need to do what we didn-t do against Broadmeadow in that first trial game and that is to make the most of our chances to score goals.”

Match Details: Newcastle Jets v Canberra Rockets McKellar Park Wednesday, July 11 Kick-off 6.30pm