Squad: Ernie names his 18 for Thursday

With a huge encounter in the context of the top six of the Hyundai A-League approaching, Ernie Merrick has named his squad for Thursday night.

The midweek match-up could potentially see the gap to the top six cut down to just five points, with clashes against Melbourne City and Adelaide United to follow.  

Thankfully for the boss though, continuity could be achieved with no outs named from last Friday night’s side which smacked the Wanderers.

Merrick has signalled that making the top six is something of a priority for his side this season, which means a similar starting XI could be wheeled out.

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Depsite that, Lachlan Jackson and Nick Cowburn have both come into the 18-man squad and are both a chance of coming into the gameday squad.

One of those men could come in for Dimi Petratos on Thursday night, with the crafty attacker currently battling a back injury.

Joey Champness remains the only Jet confirmed unavailable, with a hamstring injury keeping him sidelined.

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Newcastle Jets FC Squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimi PETRATOS, 8.Jair, 9.Roy O'DONOVAN, 10.Ronald VARGAS, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 14.Kaine SHEPPARD, 16.Nick COWBURN, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 16.Nick COWBURN (promoted), 22.Lachlan JACKSON (promoted)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 24.Joe CHAMPNESS (hamstring – 2 weeks)