Newcastle Jets boss Mark Jones has today named a preliminary 17-player squad for Sunday’s crunch F3 Derby clash against Central Coast Mariners at McDonald Jones Stadium.
A big inclusion for the Jets this week could be the versatile Ben Kantarovski who could make a return to action in the regional rivalry.
Former Chinese youth international Ma Leilei may also make his Hyundai A-League bow after he netted an impressive goal in the Club’s 4-3 FOXTEL National Youth League win over Western Sydney Wanderers Youth last weekend.
Youth team custodian Pierce Clark takes the place of Jim Fogarty on the bench behind Jack Duncan, while skipper Nigel Boogaard drops out of the squad that faced Melbourne City last weekend due to injury.
Jones will address media regarding Sunday’s F3 Derby on Friday.
Newcastle Jets Squad vs. Central Coast Mariners: 3. Jason HOFFMAN, 5. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6. Steven UGARKOVIC, 7. Andrew HOOLE, 8. Mateo POLJAK, 9. Aleksandr KOKKO, 10. Wayne BROWN, 11. Labinot HALITI, 13. Ivan VUJICA, 15. Andrew NABBOUT, 16. Nicholas COWBURN, 18. MA Leilei, 19. Morten NORDSTRAND, 20. Jack DUNCAN (Gk), 23. Devante CLUT, 28. Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 30. Pierce CLARK (Gk)
**one to be omitted**
Ins: 5. Ben KANTAROVSKI (returns from injury), 18. MA Leilei (promoted), 30. Pierce CLARK (Gk) (returns from injury)
Outs: 4. Nigel BOOGAARD (knee - 6 weeks), 40. Jim FOGARTY (Gk) (short-term contract ended)
Unavailable: 1. Ben KENNEDY (achilles - season), 2. Daniel MULLEN (knee - 5-7 weeks), 4. Nigel BOOGAARD (knee - 6 weeks), 21. Daniel ALESSI (knee - season), 22. Lachlan JACKSON (ankle - 3-4 weeks)
Newcastle Jets vs. Central Coast Mariners - Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 7
When: Sunday 20 November 2016
Where: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Gates Open: 2:20pm
Westfield W-League Kick-Off vs. Perth Glory Women: 2:30pm
Tickets: Please click here to purchase match tickets
Broadcast: Live on FOX SPORTS 505
Radio: Live on 1233 ABC Newcastle x ABC Grandstand x EON Sports Radio