Jack Duncan: The Journey So Far

Over the course of his career, our golden gloveman Jack Duncan, has tested himself in various parts of the world, but he’s always came back to the club he loves.

Throughout his career that’s taken him to his hometown, to Europe and to Asia, Jack has always been a Newcastle Jet at heart.

This is his journey so far, as he enters another season in Newcastle in between the sticks.


Duncan’s life began in Perth, but the birth of his senior career took place in the Shire of NSW where he played for the Sutherland Sharks in the National Premier Leagues (NPL).

Due to the promise he showed at such a young age, the goalkeeper signed with the Jets and debuted in the A-League at the ripe age of 18, in a Round 7 clash with Brisbane Roar.

Over the course of those early seasons though, Jack struggled to find consistent game time with Mark Birighitti and Ben Kennedy in between the sticks, and he made the move to Perth in 2013.

Whilst at the Glory, he played as back-up keeper to former Socceroo Danny Vukovic but still managed to make seven appearances.

Two years later, in 2015, Duncan secured a move to Europe with Danish club, Randers FC. Although he still wasn’t the first choice keeper, he was provided the opportunity to play in a high quality league, learning off Swedish international gloveman Karl-Johan Johnsson.

Duncan only played three matches in his time, but kept two clean sheets and was featured on the bench right throughout the two seasons he spent there. He was able to earn nine appearances for the Australia U23s side, and it only primed him for his return to the Club and the A-League.


Upon his return to the Club, Jack was the No.1 goalkeeper for one of the first times in his professional career and became a solid, safe pair of hands at the back.

Over the course of the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, he played 43 games and kept six clean sheets and was a valuable member of the team that made their way to the Club’s second Grand Final.

Agonisingly though, an injury to his quad in the Semi Final victory forced Duncan to miss the big match.

His performances throughout the year did, however, spark the interest of clubs around the world, and the goalkeeper from Perth made his way to Al Qadisiyah FC in Saudi Arabia for the 2018/19 season.

Duncan was a standout for his new side, starting in almost every game of the season and managing seven clean sheets to help his side to a mid-table finish.

With more overseas experience under his belt, he returned to the Jets once more for the 2020/21 season where he kept four clean sheets.


Now, the 28-year-old is a key leader in the squad. He re-signed during the off season and is prepared to once again continue his strength and direction with the gloves on as the Club moves forward into a new era.

Despite trying his hand around the world, the Newcastle Jets have always been a part of Jack, and he, a part of us.

With an injury-free season, he has a chance to become the Club’s second most capped goalkeeper and will once again be key to our success.

Jack’s journey doesn’t stop now. The best is yet to come.

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