Rookie Report: Defender a standout


The Newcastle Jets’ academy system is paving the way for the next generation of footballers, with their continued development being a critical concern for the club going forward.

It is the role of the Newcastle Jets coaching staff, along with Technical Director, Kew Jaliens that the Club enables a pathway for upcoming players.

Jaliens and Coach Daniel McBreen have named some of the standout performers to keep an eye on. 

Pat Bond

The highly-rated prospect plays in the central defence and has been a formidable force for the Jets backline throughout this season.

Along with his ability to stop the opposition’s attack, Bond’s ball playing skills leads his team out of threatening situations and moving back up the pitch.

Bond’s passing game is worth recognition and Youth Team Coach Daniel McBreen sees the youngster continuing on with his impressive run of development.

“Pat joined the Youth Team at 16 and has been a staple in the backline since,” Daniel McBreen said.

“He is becoming an increasingly important player for the team,”

“I think he is very assured in defence and he can maintain his composure at the right time.”

Bella Lewsam

Lewsam currently is in the U17 girl’s setup and has been applying her trade across multiple positions throughout the course of the season.

From the opening whistle, Lewsam puts in a shift and creates chances for her team through her relentless pressing style.

“She is progressing well and her attitude going into games is great,” Kew Jaliens said.

“Bella is an example of what we expect from our talented group.”

Emma O’Hagan

Also in the U17 girls team, O’Hagan has been putting in some top performances for her side.

Through her developed passing game, the youngster can pick a pass that can put her team in goal-scoring situations.

“Emma is a good reader of the game,” Jaliens said.

“She makes good choices and plays the right pass at the right time.”