Neville ready for return to the field

Scott Neville says he is looking forward to getting back on the pitch in the Jets’ opening match of the pre-season tomorrow.

Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets defender Scott Neville says he is looking forward to getting back on the pitch in the Jets- upcoming trial matches.

Neville returned to full training last week after a disrupted start to the pre-season due to an on-going groin injury that had plagued him throughout the 2012/13 A-League season.

“It-s been a bit of a slow start for me because I-m still recovering from a groin injury from last season that I kind of battled with all year,” he said.

“I was close to having surgery, but the physio, Club doctor and I put a procedure in place where I do a lot of extra rehab work and a bit of pilates and now it-s just getting stronger and stronger by the week.

“I-ve been back to full training for a week-and-a-half now and I-m just looking forward to keeping it going.”

Neville said he has plenty of scope to improve on his debut season with the Jets, which saw him make 18 A-League appearances for the Club.

While the 24-year-old refused to use his lingering groin problem as an excuse, he admitted he was below his best in 2012/13.

“I-m just hoping to be more consistent than last year. I think that I probably didn-t play as well as I should have last season, I made a few mistakes.

“(The injury) could be part of the reason because obviously it knocks your confidence and you can-t play to your full potential, but I-m big enough to say I didn-t play how I wanted to play all season.

“I had a couple of good games, but there probably wasn-t enough consistency in my game throughout the season.

“There was a lack of confidence, a lack of form and it was a bit disappointing overall I-d say.

“This year I-ve got to come back and show what I-m worth I guess.”