Ernie Merrick has named his squad to take on the Brisbane Roar tomorrow night, as the Jets look to bounce back from Sunday’s loss to Adelaide.
Shot-stopper, Glen Moss is the only omission for Merrick as the former New Zealand international recovers from a nasty laceration just above his knee.
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Moss was subbed off at half time against the Reds, after sustaining a deep gash that required 12 stitches.
Lewis Italiano will take his place between the sticks, while NYL ‘keeper, Noah James will deputize at Hyundai A-League level for the first time.
The Jets are in great physical shape ahead of a rigorous few months, with no major injuries to report, as Joe Champness inches closer to a return from a foot injury.
Nick Cowburn and Lachlan Jackson have been added to the extended squad and are in contention to make an appearance against Brisbane.
Newcastle Jets squad:
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, 14.Kaine SHEPPARD, 16.Nick COWBURN, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 32.Angus THURGATE, 40.Noah JAMES (gk), 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 16.Nick COWBURN (promoted), 22.Lachlan JACKSON (promoted), 40.Noah JAMES (promoted)
Outs: 1.Glen MOSS (quad – 1 week)
Unavailable: 24.Joe CHAMPNESS (foot TBC)