Jets name 19-man squad for Heart clash


The Newcastle Jets have named a 19-man squad for Saturday’s match against Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park.

The Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets have named a 19-man squad for Saturday-s match against Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park.

Goalkeeper Mark Birighitti is unavailable for selection after fracturing his cheekbone in last Sunday-s 3-0 loss to Wellington Phoenix at Hunter Stadium.

Matt Nash, who came on as Birighitti-s replacement last weekend, retains his spot in the squad and is joined by Young Socceroo shot-stopper Jack Duncan as the other goalkeeper named.

Craig Goodwin and Dominik Ritter have both been added to the squad after they missed the Wellington game due to shin and quad injuries respectively.

Meanwhile, the return of Taylor Regan and Jacob Pepper from suspension gives head coach Gary van Egmond further options for bolstering his match day line-up.

After making a substitute appearance against the Phoenix, forward Adam Taggart is unavailable for selection due to personal reasons.

Newcastle Jets squad: 2. Scott Neville, 3. Tiago Calvano, 4. Josh Mitchell, 5. Dominik Ritter, 7. James Brown, 8. Ruben Zadkovich, 9. Emile Heskey, 10. Bernardo Ribeiro, 11. Connor Chapman, 12. Josh Brillante, 14. Taylor Regan, 15. Craig Goodwin, 16. Jobe Wheelhouse (c), 17. James Virgili, 18. Jacob Pepper, 19. Michael Bridges, 23. Ryan Griffiths, 30. Jack Duncan (gk), 33. Matthew Nash (gk).

In: Dominik Ritter, Bernardo Ribeiro, Taylor Regan, Craig Goodwin, Jacob Pepper, Jack Duncan
Out: Mark Birighitti, Adam Taggart
Unavailable: Mark Birighitti (cheekbone), Ben Kennedy (knee), Ben Kantarovski (knee), Adam Taggart (personal reasons)