Squad: The ins and outs for Adelaide

Ernie Merrick has named a 20-man preliminary squad in contention ahead of this weekend’s clash at home with Adelaide United.

There are two notable ins amongst the Jets ranks – Ben Kantarovski comes into contention following his recovery from a slight hamstring issue, while Lewis Italiano returns from suspension.


Italiano’s return means that young goalkeeper, Noah James is omitted from the weekend’s preliminary squad.

Lewis Italiano

With no new injuries to speak of, Ernie Merrick has virtually a full squad at his disposal this Saturday night.

Newcastle Jets FC Squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Bobby BURNS, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 9.Abdiel ARROYO, 10.Dimi PETRATOS, 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 16.Matt MILLAR, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO, 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Matt RIDENTON, 25.Jack SIMMONS, 28.Pat LANGLOIS, 31.Maki PETRATOS, 32.Angus THURGATE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (2-4 to be omitted)

Ins: 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI (return from injury), 20.Lewis ITALIANO (return from suspension)
Outs: 40.Noah JAMES (omitted)
Unavailable:  8.Wes HOOLAHAN (ankle – indefinite), 14.Kaine SHEPPARD (foot – indefinite)