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A-League: Newcastle Jets Focus

Newcastle Jets will be out to end their finals drought in the 2023/24 A-League campaign but making the top six could be a tall order once again.

The Jets have not played finals in the last five seasons, and have struggled at the wrong end of the ladder in the last three campaigns.

They have finished no higher than ninth in the last three seasons, and it has been troublesome times for them on and off the pitch.

Newcastle have made sweeping change to their squad but it remains to be seen if it will reap the rewards.

The Jets can be backed at 5.00 to make the top six, and it would be seen as a huge achievement if they could pull it off.

A-League history

Newcastle Jets have one Championship success to their name and that came way back in the 2007/08 season when they beat Central Coast Mariners in the grand final.

They also finished runners-up in 2017/18 season when losing to Melbourne Victory in the grand final, but have been on a slippery slope since then.

The Jets finished seventh and eighth in the two subsequent seasons, but slipped even further after that and have been battling to avoid the wooden spoon.

Another battle to stay off the bottom of the ladder could be on the cards in the season ahead. Both Newcastle and Perth Glory can be backed at 4.00 to finish bottom.

Newcastle Jets transfer activity

There has been another revolving door at the club since the end of last season with plenty of comings and goings.

One big loss for the Jets is the departure of striker Beka Mikeltadze, who has been their leading goalscorer in the last two campaigns, and will take some replacing.

Angus Thurgate is another player to have moved on, joining Western United, while Jack Duncan and Mohamed Al-Taay have both joined Wellington Phoenix.

Matthew Jurman is another experienced player to head to an A-League rival, this time joining Macarthur FC.

The Jets have brought in a number of new faces in the hope of mounting a rise up the ladder.

The 33-year-old French midfielder Jason Berthomier has been brought in from Ligue 2 outfit Valenciennes to add some experience and skill to the side, while Apostolos Stamatelopoulos returns to the club.

Stamatelopoulos, who had a spell with the club in 2021, has penned a two-year deal after arriving from Greek Super League club PAS Giannina.

A number of tried and trusted A-League players have also been brought in, including Ryan Scott from Western United.

Daniel Wilmering has also signed from Western Sydney Wanderers and Lachlan Bayliss from Central Coast Mariners.

Newcastle’s opening fixtures

The Jets begin the season with a trip to Western Australia to take on Perth Glory on Sunday 22nd October.

Considering these two sides could be battling at the bottom this season, this game is massive for the Jets.

They can be backed at 3.25 to get the win, with Glory available at 2.10. The draw is 3.50.

The Jets then travel to take on Melbourne Victory the week after, before two very tough looking home games against Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners.

A trip to Western United is sandwiched in between.

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