Griffiths hungry for success


Newcastle Jets striker Ryan Griffiths is determined to help the Jets be successful during the 2012/13 A-League season.

Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets striker Ryan Griffiths says he is as hungry as ever to help the Jets be successful during the 2012/13 A-League season.

Griffiths extended his stay in Newcastle by signing a two-year deal towards the end of last season and the 30-year-old is determined to develop a winning culture at the Club.

“I-ve developed more of a passion for the Club and the community to do well,” he explained.

“I-ve always had a natural desire to win championships throughout my career and I for one am very hungry about next season.”

Despite being the Jets- equal-leading goalscorer after finding the back of the net nine times last season, Griffiths said he felt there were still areas of his game that he could improve on during the off-season.

“I looked over what I accomplished this year and I guess personally I wasn-t happy. The coaching staff said they were happy with what I did and effort wise I don-t think I could have probably put in any more effort,” he said.

“But in terms of a bit of composure and getting on the ball a lot more and getting more involved, I hope that next season I-ll bring that into my game.

“Something that I want to do is score even more goals than I did last year. I wasn-t happy at all with nine and I wanted a couple more than that.”

Griffiths said he was looking forward to linking up with the Jets- two newest signings, Scott Neville and Craig Goodwin when pre-season training begins.

“I-m definitely a big fan of Neville. I think he-s very underrated and he-s a player that will go all day,” Griffiths said.

“He-s got a good professionalism about him and I think he-ll be a good inclusion to Newcastle. He-s got that never-say-die attitude and I think that-s what Newcastle is all about.

“The games I-ve seen Goodwin play, he-s done a good job. He was outstanding in one game against Melbourne and hopefully he can develop that consistency when he comes to the Jets.”

The Jets had the second-largest number of members in the A-League last season with over 10,000 and Griffiths said he hoped to see that level of loyalty and commitment again next season.

“There was a fantastic response when the Club-s future was uncertain,” he said.

“If we can get all those people with that kind of passion coming to our games, that is what we want and I think that will definitely contribute to us being successful.”