NEWCASTLE J ETS
The Newcastle Jets will be looking to build from a strong campaign last season, which saw a third-place finish with extra time the difference between a spot in the grand final. Losing two key defensive players from last season’s set-up to Canberra shouldn’t hinder the Jets too much as they have fullback Gema Simon – returning from an injury plagued 2017-18 season – plus the signing of freshly converted defender Larissa Crummer. Essential for the side’s defensive stability is the returning American Britt Eckerstrom, after an outstanding first season with the club.
Emily Van Egmond (above) will once again dictate play in the Jets’ midfield. Whoever assists Van Egmond in the middle will be the question – Tori Huster, out through injury, will be a challenge to replace. Importantly, Katie Stengel returns after a ten-goal haul last season and an impressive half-season at the Utah Royals. The Jets have added speed to their side through the versatile American Taylor Smith, who, if partnered with Jenna Kingsley, will have pace to burn in attack.