SQUAD: Jones selects 17 for Wanderers

Newcastle Jets Head Coach Mark Jones has named an initial 17-player squad for this Sunday’s round 3 clash with Western Sydney Wanderers at Spotless Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park.

Every player who was involved either in a playing or substitute capacity for the Jets’ 4-0 round 2 win over Brisbane Roar at McDonald Jones Stadium last weekend has retained a place in Jones’ preliminary squad for round 3.

The sole addition to the mix is right back Jason Hoffman who has recovered sufficiently from a calf complaint sustained in round 1. Hoffman is fully fit and has trained strongly this week, however the Jets defence kept a clean sheet last weekend, so Jones faces a welcome selection headache.

Sunday’s game against Wanderers will mark the first ever Hyundai A-League match hosted at Spotless Stadium, after Western Sydney played the first game of the new campaign at ANZ Stadium against Sydney FC.

Wanderers have recorded a loss and a win to start the season, and are in fifth place on the standings while the Jets are third.

Kick-off on Sunday evening is at 7:00pm AEST, and the match will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS 505 and across the airwaves via 1233 ABC Newcastle and ABC Grandstand.

Newcastle Jets Squad vs. Western Sydney Wanderers: 3. Jason HOFFMAN, 4. Nigel BOOGAARD (C), 5. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6. Steven UGARKOVIC, 7. Andrew HOOLE, 8. Mateo POLJAK, 10. Wayne BROWN, 11. Labinot HALITI, 13. Ivan VUJICA, 14. Mitch COOPER, 15. Andrew NABBOUT, 16. Nicholas COWBURN, 19. Morten NORDSTRAND, 20. Jack DUNCAN (gk), 22. Lachlan JACKSON, 23. Devante CLUT, 30. Pierce CLARK (gk) **one to be omitted**
Ins: 3. Jason HOFFMAN (returns from injury)
Outs: Nil
Unavailable: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk) (achilles - season), 2.Daniel MULLEN (knee - indefinite), 21.Daniel ALESSI (knee – season)