Regan ready for pre-season challenges

Newcastle defender Taylor Regan is eager to once again have a ball at his feet when the Jets begin pre-season training next Monday.

Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets defender Taylor Regan says he is enthusiastic about starting pre-season training with the Jets next Monday.

Having spent the off-season holidaying in Hawaii with his girlfriend Jess, Regan could be forgiven for not wanting to rush back into the rigours of preparing for an A-League season.

However, the Dudley-Redhead junior said he is eager to once again have a ball at his feet and he is expecting a similarly high level of motivation among the other Jets players.

“I-m looking forward to it,” he said.

“Pre-season is a good chance for all the boys to get together and I think that-s when the bonding and the camaraderie type stuff starts.

“It-ll be a good opportunity to get to know the new boys and I think the attitude and commitment to next season is going to be massive.”

The 23-year-old said he is expecting a challenging pre-season as Gary van Egmond prepares the Jets squad to play the up-tempo style of football he desires.

“Gary-s training drills are quite intense,” Regan explained.

“His passing drills and possession games entail running and quite a large amount of fitness.

“I think there will be lots of small-sided games and things like that.

“Not only does it get you fit, but it also gets you playing the way he wants and I think that that-s important to get everybody on the same wavelength from day one.”

Regan said he was looking forward to linking up with the Jets- talented batch of new recruits.

“We-ve obviously had to let go of a few players who were quality players, but I think we-ve replaced them with some good quality also,” he said.

“It will be interesting to see the next couple of signings that will happen, but I think we-ve already added a lot of good young talent and arguably the best young talent around the country so we-ve got a very exciting future.”

After missing out on the finals by just two points last season, Regan said the Jets are determined to make sure they are involved come the business end of the 2012/13 season.

“Obviously I have individual goals, but as a team we haven-t really sat down and talked about it yet, but it-s something that we will do over the next few weeks,” he said.

“We were very disappointed to miss out on the finals last season, so first and foremost to make the finals will be a target, but I don-t see any reason why we can-t finish in the top four definitely.”