Squad: Ernie names final squad for 2018/19

Three experienced heads are back in the frame but there’s still every chance youth could steal the show once again this Saturday afternoon.

Ernie Merrick has named his 18-man squad for the Round 27 clash with Sydney FC, who will be looking to finish the season strong.

Back in the mix for a spot in the gameday squad is Nigel Boogaard, Matt Ridenton, and Ronald Vargas.

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The trio remained in Newcastle last weekend in favour of youth last weekend, but there’s every chance that the young guns may still get the nod.

Angus Thurgate was impressive in just his second ever Hyundai A-League start, while Pat Langlois turned heads with a solid debut from the bench.

Angus Thurgate


They’ve both remained in the squad, and are every chance of seeing minutes on home soil this weekend.

Also hopeful of retaining his starting spot in the squad will be Joey Champness, who bagged his first ever Hyundai A-League double in an impressive performance up in Brisbane last Saturday.

Newcastle Jets: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimi PETRATOS, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 10.Ronald VARGAS, 11.Kwabena APPIAH, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 14.Kaine SHEPPARD, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Matt RIDENTON, 24.Joe CHAMPNESS, 28.Pat LANGLOIS, 32.Angus THURGATE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (promoted), 10.Ronald VARGAS (promoted), 23.Matt RIDENTON (promoted)

Outs: 25.Jack SIMMONS (omitted)

Unavailable: 3.Jason HOFFMAN (ankle ­­– TBC)