Rookie Report: Teenage forward ‘a level above’


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 Youth Team coach Daniel McBreen have named some of the standout performers to keep an eye on.

Archie Goodwin

Goodwin has been putting in some big performances for the Youth team and is continuing on with his progression under the guidance of Coach McBreen.

He has been scoring and creating goals for his side and is pushing hard for his place in the first team.



The 2020/21 A-League campaign has been a good stepping-stone for Goodwin and with his tough mentality, next season may well be a breakout year for the youngster.

“Goodwin has been a level above in last few games,” McBreen said.

“He steps up for the team and has been using his attacking qualities to his advantage.”

Cody Hopton

Hopton is playing in the U15 men’s team and has been showing promise in his recent performances.

Despite being an early stage in the academy system, Hopton is demonstrating his knowledge of the game and plays a brand of football which highlights his composed style.

“Hopton is patient on the ball and remains calm in challenging situations,” Jaliens said.

“He can play in different positions which adds to his ability.”

Sian Wilde

Wilde is currently in the U15 female team and has been a standout over the course of the season.

Throughout the campaign, Wilde has been called upon to play different positions and she never fails to put a shift in.

“I’ve been impressed with Sian, she is very committed and will always give her best,” Jaliens said.

“Sian has every chance of becoming a big player in the female Jets setup.”