Day one back at the Jets


Gary van Egmond was able to assess Sunday’s win from the stands before taking over the Jets on Monday.

Whilst interim coach Craig Deans steered the Jets to a 1-nil win on Sunday against the Central Coast Mariners at Ausgrid Stadium, it gave new coach Gary van Egmond the opportunity to assess his playing group.

“What I really liked was how they all stuck together to grind out that win and it was pleasing to see the will to win,” van Egmond said after training at Ray Watt Oval on Monday.

“It is fantastic we have got the start to the season we have got but I think if we are to be totally honest, there is still some work to be done.

“We play quite a bit of reactive football and that is what I am talking about, there is that will to win and everybody is having a go which is important but we also have to get better in regards to controlling the match.

“To come out with that much purpose and desire in the first half was great. We need to be ensure we can keep that intensity for the full 90 minutes.”

Today van Egmond held his first training session with approximately half of the squad whilst the other half took part in a recovery session. One of those to train was new signing Francis Jeffers, who immediately impressed his new coach.

“Jeffers showed very quickly he is clever, very clever,” van Egmond said.

“He is a smart footballer and he is only going to get better. I don-t think we will see the best of him for about two to three weeks.

“If he gets all the paperwork cleared, I will take a look at him to be involved for this weekend-s game.”

The Jets travel to the Skilled Park this Sunday to take on Gold Coast United in week 5 of the Hyundai A-League season.

Meanwhile defender Tiago Calvano had scans on Monday afternoon on a hamstring complaint following Sunday’s game, he will know the result once he sees the doctor on Tuesday.