Rookie Report: Hattrick hero

Youth Team

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 has named some of the standout performers to keep an eye on. 

Archie Finn

Finn plays with the Youth Team under Coach Daniel McBreen and he has been impressive in recent weeks.

The Youth Team claimed a 10 – 1 victory over Western NSW FC in round 16 of the NPL 4 NSW Men’s competition, with Finn taking home the match ball after netting a hattrick.

The youngster is proving his worth, with the attacking prodigy becoming another name to keep an eye on.

“He’s very direct and wants to play on the front foot,” Kew Jaliens said.

“When he’s playing things happen around him.

“His instinct is to naturally move and look forward on the ball.”


Emma Dundas

Dundas is currently playing up in the grades with the U16 Emerging Jets and has been relishing the opportunity to showcase her skills across the park.

The fleet-footed youngster is making considerable progress in her development and for Technical Director Kew Jaliens, Dundas is an example of the Club’s ambitions in bringing up the next generation. 

“Emma is playing above her age-grade level, which shows how committed she is,” Kew Jaliens said.

“She understands the game very well and I think she can continue this run of form.”