Madaschi eager to bolster Jets’ defence


Adrian Madaschi says he hopes to bring added composure and stability to the Jets’ defence during the 2014/15 A-League season.

Newcastle Jets defender Adrian Madaschi says he hopes to bring added composure and stability to the Jets- defence during the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League season.

Madaschi met his new teammates for the first time at the Club-s training base at Ray Watt Oval on Monday morning.

The imposing centre-back said he hoped to bring a blend of physicality and confidence on the ball to the Jets- backline.

“In modern football I think (size) a common characteristic of a centre-back and probably one of the pre-requisites,” Madaschi said.

“I also like to play out from the back and pass the ball quite a lot and obviously the most important thing is the defensive aspect of the game.

“I like to be composed and give stability, because playing at the back you see more things than the other players.

“Whether it-s going into attack or getting back into the transitional phase of the defence, they-re the things I work hard on to allow the team to make sure they-re in the right positions.

“I-ll be looking to work hard with the other guys at the back to make sure everything is working right.”

Madaschi, who had a nine-game stint with Melbourne Heart during the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League season, said he was pleased to return to Australia with the Jets after two seasons in South Korea.

“Since I was in the league last, the great thing is that the game keeps growing and getting better from a technical level,” Madaschi said.

“I think all the boxes are being ticked and everything is really positive for the A-League at the moment.

“From a professional point of view I-ve still got a lot of things that I want to accomplish.

“I-m very happy to be back in the A-League and I want to do important things and I see Newcastle as the perfect place for that to happen.

“I-ve played with David Carney and I grew up with Mark Birighitti who is a family friend from back in Perth.

“Obviously now is the opportunity to get to know each and every one of the players and build relationships with them before the season starts.”

Madaschi and his Jets teammates will spend the next two weeks undertaking the FFA C Licence Coaching Course before commencing pre-season training on June 30.

“Having played in Italy, the tactical side of the game is paramount to everything that is done, so I-d like to hope that has put me in good stead to approach this coaching course,” Madaschi said.

“I-m really looking forward to it and I think it will be really good to freshen up our minds and put everything in focus of what we-ve got to do over the coming months to prepare ourselves for the start of the season.”