Squad: Hoolahan returns for Western clash

Wes is back.

The Irishman has trained the house down since returning to unrestricted duties some fortnight ago, and has exceeded expectations to force his way into the conversation for this weekend’s clash with Western United.

In more positive news for Jets fans, new signing Connor O’Toole has been named in an extended squad with the defender set to train with the squad for the first time on Friday.

Nick Fitzgerald will also return to the fray to give Craig Deans more options in the final third, with Matt Ridenton and Pat Langlois also in the mix.

After going down in last week’s fixture with Wellington Phoenix, Lachlan Jackson is set to miss an indefinite period.

Newcastle Jets FC Squad: 2.Bobby BURNS, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 8.Wes HOOLAHAN, 9.Abdiel ARROYO, 10.Dimi PETRATOS, 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 14.Kaine SHEPPARD, 16.Matt MILLAR, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 23.Matt RIDENTON, 28.Pat LANGLOIS, 29.Connor O’TOOLE, 32.Angus THURGATE, 40.Noah JAMES (gk), 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (2-4 to be omitted)

Ins: 8.Wes HOOLAHAN (return from injury), 11.Nick FITZGERALD (promoted), 23.Matt RIDENTON (promoted), 28.Pat LANGLOIS (promoted), 29.Connor O’TOOLE (new signing)
Outs: 22.Lachlan JACKSON (knee – indefinite)
Unavailable: 1.Glen MOSS (calf – 2-4 weeks), 22.Lachlan JACKSON (knee – indefinite)