Jets Youth Side Announced

2010/11 National Youth League team has been announced in the lead up to Saturday's first game of the season.

The Newcastle Jets Youth Squad will launch their National Youth League (NYL) season this Saturday at Adamstown Oval against the Australian Institute of Sport.

The Newcastle Jets youth squad boasts a healthy number of local talent which includes Jon Griffiths (Thornton Jnr), Jacob Pepper (Merewether Jnr), Scott Pettit (Swansea Jnr), Luke Remington (Westlakes Jnr ), and James Virgili (South Wallsend Jnr). Northern NSW is further represented with the inclusion of Samuel Gallaway (Coffs Harbour United) who has come to the Jets via the Australian Institute of Sport.

Sixteen year old Luke Remington, is a local junior on the path to success. Born in Newcastle, Luke recently represented Australia-s U16 team on a tour of England. From humble beginnings, Luke started his career playing for the Westlakes Wildcats, before moving on to play for Macquarie Football Association. He then progressed to the Northern NSWIS program. As well as representing Australia, Luke has regularly represented the Northern NSW Football Association having travelled to Japan on one such occasion.

The squad also sees the return of a number of last season-s squad including Robert Kolak, Mario Simic, Jesse Pinto, and Fabian Iacovelli.

Born-and-bred Novocastrian and current Qantas Next Young Socceroos starlet, James Virgili, heads the crop of returning youngsters to recently resign with the Hunter club. Newcastle Jets fans will recall Virgili as being the youngest player to ever appear in the Hyundai A-League, making his senior debut against the Wellington Phoenix when he was aged 16 years 180 days.

The squad also welcomes Jack Duncan (Sutherland Sharks), Nathan Millgate (Apia Leichardt), Kyle Ewart (Sydney United), David Talevski (Blacktown City), Gavin Forbes (Manly United) and Steven Veleski (Sydney United).

Newcastle Jets Youth team coach, Craig Deans, stated “We have the best local talent from Newcastle, as well as some outstanding young players from around the state, and that gives us a good mix for the season.”

“The players we have selected all have the potential to progress up to Hyundai A-League level and our objective is to ensure these players are given the best opportunity to achieve that.”

“We-ve compiled a strong squad for this season and we are looking forward to seeing each and every player progress as the weeks roll on.”

Saturday-s match against the AIS will kick off at midday.